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My daughter swears by them. I prefer deck shoes.

I do like them very much for warm weather kayaking.
 

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Don't have that brand, but got a similar pair for dinghy racing... that said I prefer going barefoot if I need the toe grip. The things are bloody uncomfortable and slicing my foot on the venturi's has been a rare enough occurrence that I still don't find them worth it.
 

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For some reason, I think they are pretty cool. My kids are aghast that I might get a pair and refuse to be in my presence or some such objection. (I don't really care, but find it interesting) Would old dudes look silly in these?

If warm enough, I do prefer to be barefoot, but wondered if these would be a reasonable compromise. They're not as protected, but better than barefoot. Any issue with the black bottoms?

When I do wear deckshoes aboard, it's sometimes for grip, but mostly for comfort. If I've been standing on watch for hours, my feat get sore. I always leave my boat shoes under the cockpit table for this reason. It's even on my castoff checklist!! I'm not sure the finger shoes are going to provide the same relief, as much as grip.

Finally, the great advantage I see to these, is landing a dinghy on a rocky beach. It may be what puts me over the edge to get them. Being able to step out into the water, without fear of cutting the bottom of my feet is important. I can't step in the water with my deckshoes.

Lastly, the only objection I really get is there are so many models, I have no idea which to choose.
 

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For some reason, I think they are pretty cool. My kids are aghast that I might get a pair and refuse to be in my presence or some such objection. (I don't really care, but find it interesting) Would old dudes look silly in these?

If warm enough, I do prefer to be barefoot, but wondered if these would be a reasonable compromise. They're not as protected, but better than barefoot. Any issue with the black bottoms?

When I do wear deckshoes aboard, it's sometimes for grip, but mostly for comfort. If I've been standing on watch for hours, my feat get sore. I always leave my boat shoes under the cockpit table for this reason. It's even on my castoff checklist!! I'm not sure the finger shoes are going to provide the same relief, as much as grip.

Finally, the great advantage I see to these, is landing a dinghy on a rocky beach. It may be what puts me over the edge to get them. Being able to step out into the water, without fear of cutting the bottom of my feet is important. I can't step in the water with my deckshoes.

Lastly, the only objection I really get is there are so many models, I have no idea which to choose.
Bingo. This is a big attraction for me as well, jumping out at the boat ramp or wherever, onto sharp or slippery things.

For those of you who have them (glad to hear some of you do!) do you know which model you have?
 

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Have looked at those and would like to give them a try. I often go barefoot on the boat but know it's a bit risky for stubbing toes and getting cut. My go-to sailing shoes are a pair of good quality leather Sperry Topsiders. They are just comfortable, easy on/off and have good cushioning. They work on and off the boat and are even good for longer flat hikes up to a local watering hole or supermarket. They also aren't a flashy fashion statement, having no overt advertising logos.
 

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I wear the Fila brand, they have one toe pocket for your 2 outside toes and I find them more comfortable. I love mine and wear them whenever I'm not at work.

Yes, a 50 yr old guy in the middle of Wyoming wearing toe shoes does attract ALOT of attention...

Scott
 

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I've got the FiveFingers Classics and generally like them, but they don't breath the best and take some getting use to. They're also a chore to get on. You can't just slip them on, but rather have to work at it a bit to get your toes in all of the pockets. The grip is very good, particularly when things get wet. My full review is here: A Sailor's Sole - Sailing Shoe Reviews
 

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They don't work with my webbed toes, or maybe my it's Fred Flinstone style feet. Either way after trying for about 10 minutes to get them on I gave up.

I like the concept but they did not work for me. I have found a pair of "Merrel barefoot" that are similar in weight, let my toes be together, fit my feet and allow me to wear socks, which is important for the longevity of my shoes.
 

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I've tried Vibram's, and Fila Skeletoes.

The Fila's are easier to get on and off but not quite as durable as Vibram's.
Definitely safer than being barefoot on deck.
They offer decent grip. No problems with the black soles. They don't leave marks.
Definitely great for landing the dinghy.
They do stink if you don't rinse the salt water out and let them air dry.

Although I've extolled the virtue of toe-shoes, I still prefer to wear Keens while sailing, unless I'm working the foredeck during a race. My feet slide around inside the Keens, and I'm more secure in the Vibrams.

Sperry's have fallen way off in quality, while keeping the price high. I won't buy them. Ordinary sneakers seem way too bulky to wear on the boat.

As far as the fashion faux pas- when going ashore after sailing, I ditch the Vibrams/Filas for the Keens sandals or other street shoes carried onboard.
 

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I think my Vibrams are the best deck shoes I've ever used.

If you put 'em on pinky-toes first, ergo slip them on from outside to inside, you can get 'em on pretty fast

They do get to stinking, it's called the 'Five-Finger Funk' and you can Google that for cures

My biggest issue is that the soles hardened up, but then all these new shoes do. Husband's Sperrys did the same thing. Nothing lasts anymore...
 

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I don't think you can beat Keens water sandals. Had mine almost 10 years and they are always my go-to shoes anytime I am planning to get my feet wet. They have excellent toe protection, a comfortable yet secure fit, the nylon webbing uppers dry quickly and they now come in many colors unlike when I bought mine in funky red. If they ever wear out I will buy another pair, just not in red.
 
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