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Old 20-08-2011, 10:02   #16
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Chacos? They make a non marking sole version. I loved my Z2s.
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Old 20-08-2011, 10:27   #17
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Re: Footwear

I used to go barefoot on the boat a lot. Always hated shoes anyway! After breaking my little toe twice, I rarely do anymore. Cleats love to bend little toes out 90 degrees. It'll pop back in though, however, next day your foot will be about double in size....
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the chacos are definitely out. i went to their website and clicked "lowest price" and everything was 110-140. i was thinking more like a $20 pair of body glove water shoes or something.

i dislocated my pinky toe once. popped it back into place and went about my business. it never got real swollen but every step i took, it pinged me. this went on for about 2-3 weeks.
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Old 20-08-2011, 11:23   #19
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just found these on zappos.com

Sperry Top-Sider Coastal Runner W/ASV Grey/Yellow - Zappos.com Free Shipping BOTH Ways

never bought anything by sperry before, but i have heard the name tossed around on the forums several times. anyone have any experience with this shoe or running type shoes in boats?
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just found these on zappos.com

Sperry Top-Sider Coastal Runner W/ASV Grey/Yellow - Zappos.com Free Shipping BOTH Ways

never bought anything by sperry before, but i have heard the name tossed around on the forums several times. anyone have any experience with this shoe or running type shoes in boats?
Hmmm... black soles may mark the deck. (some dont)
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These things have saved my feet numerous times.
hmmm... those things look like they'd be miserable hot out of the water...? No circulation... are they?
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Old 20-08-2011, 12:48   #22
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Chacos may be expensive, but the quality is worth it. I wore those things every day 9 months a year (on land) and it took me 7 or 8 years to wear them out. I now wear Keens, more toe protection, but black sole (the shoes, not me) .
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I probably shouldn't admit this but I really like Crocks. The are great when new. Very comfortable especially if you have big feet like mine. They become deadly slippery when the sole gets worn smooth so toss them and buy new at the first sign of slippery. They are almost as ugly as those toe things. Didn't Al Bundy invent those?
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i think the only thing al bundy invented was spending 45 minutes on the can. that and 2 touchdowns in one game!!

my issue with the chacos other than the price is that they are sandals, and sandals always make me feel like a hippie so i just don't wear them.

is it a special material that prevents scuff marks on the boat? or is it just the color, since white ones aren't going to show up...
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i only wear crocs during electrical storms at sea. they attract NOTHING as it should be. i also wear a rubber suit and gloves and rubber hat(sou'ester) and have a feline close by. but that is a lightning story.
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just how many cats can you juggle in a lightning storm?...
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Re: Footwear

As i'm a complete whimp and have actualy broken a toe while barefoot on a boat, i'll allways wear something. Usualy, I'll just get the cheapest pair of slip on deck shoes I can find, then it doesn't matter if they get scuffed up, etc. For 7 Euros a pair, I just chuck em and get some more! One thing I HATE to see is people wearing flip-flops on boats, just so dangerous IMHO, especially when jumping on / off them, but seems to be very common.

BTW, am I the only one that thinks those 'foot gloves' look kind of freaky?
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BTW, am I the only one that thinks those 'foot gloves' look kind of freaky?
i dunno if they FREAK ME OUT... i just don't care for em

and i could care less if my shoes get scuffed up, i just don't want my shoes to scuff someones boat up. leaving a bunch of rubber streaks on someones deck is pretty rotten.
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Keens are the best. Invented by sailors. Sandals, but with toe covers. Non skid. Expensive , but worth it. Good support.
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Second the Keens but also like the new version of the West Marine sandal. It holds well when wet and feel pretty good but then I live in sandals in the hot weather. The Keens seem more like a shoe to me with the enclosed toe so I wear mine less frequently.

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