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Old 24-06-2013, 07:03   #16
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Re: What is a good shoe for sailing

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What other footwear does all of the above? Yes, I think they are ugly but not as bad as Crocs.
Crocs do all that and more! Huge fan here.
And beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Ugly?
Lets have a photo of your foot in a Keens for comparison
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Re: What is a good shoe for sailing

I got these on closeout:

Sperry Top-Sider SON-R Feedback Bootie Low Water Shoes (For Men) - Save 30%

The usual Sierra Trading Post accumlator discount and ended up paying $13 from memory.

Light, grippy and despite what the reviewer said they seem to be pretty duarble. I use them for racing and cruising.
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Old 24-06-2013, 07:16   #18
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Re: What is a good shoe for sailing

I like Crocs because of comfort, but if they get wet my foot tends to slide around inside the shoe. Plus if the wind is up and I'm concerned about footing I'm always worried about them falling off. So, if I expect to get wet or "for real" sailing, it's Keens. They make a great boat show, plus are good wearing ashore.

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Re: What is a good shoe for sailing

near as I can tell from experience, after about 2 months all boat shoe soles become hard slip on your ass soles
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near as I can tell from experience, after about 2 months all boat shoe soles become hard slip on your ass soles
Amen! I found that $ investment was better spent on upgrading the nonskid at the same price! Plus I like a shoe that fits firmly around my foot.
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Re: What is a good shoe for sailing

Dual purpose non-skid NIKE sandals, comfortable and never leave any marks on the deck. Perfect for tropical weather, and easy to clean up by dipping them in a bucket of water or just hosing them down to remove any collected street sands.

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Re: What is a good shoe for sailing

nike the clothing company have just released new sailing gear and part of that is shoes I really like the look of them but they don't sell them in Australia yet I think only USA and EUR
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Tennis Shoes in the spring and fall, summer it is Teva sandals. Haven't has a problem with either. Just make sure what you buy is non-marking.
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I found Keens to turn pretty rancid around salt water because of their Neoprene padding.
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Re: What is a good shoe for sailing

I go barefoot most of the time but when the boat is on the move and the weather is up I throw on a pair of Keen Turia sandals. They are lighter and less chunky than the other styles, have sipped soles for traction, are non-marking, and prevent me from stubbing my toes as I'm scrambling around the deck. Sperry makes a good shoe but they are expensive and if you have wide feet they don't fit so well.

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Re: What is a good shoe for sailing

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I got these on closeout:

Sperry Top-Sider SON-R Feedback Bootie Low Water Shoes (For Men) - Save 30%

The usual Sierra Trading Post accumlator discount and ended up paying $13 from memory.

Light, grippy and despite what the reviewer said they seem to be pretty duarble. I use them for racing and cruising.
The link above is the SON-R Feedback. I have a pair of SON-R Bungee that is the best boat shoe I've even had. Very comfortable and they do not smell. Not cheap but you can occasionally find them on closeout somewhere, Link: Sperry Top-Sider SON-R Bungee Water Shoes (For Men)
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Re: What is a good shoe for sailing

I like chacos. You can wear em on the boat if you like. I take mine off. They have vibram soles. Contoured to foot. I have walked 10 miles in mine uphill both ways in the past. Really, have walked 10 miles in them at once, but not uphill both ways;-)


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Re: What is a good shoe for sailing

At various times I wear Topsiders, Keens, running shoes. Generally when on the boat I prefer a thinner sole to give my foot more stability. Don't really need the cushioning of a running shoe. It may not matter much when you're sitting in the cockpit, but if you have to go on deck when things are a little rough, it may.

I think of my Topsiders as another piece of "boat equipment". I leave them there and don't wear them otherwise so the the sole won't wear out. I also recently got a new pair of Keens that I really like:

http://www.keenfootwear.com/us/en/pr...bombay%20brown
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After watching me slip a bit around the boat during the sail, the captain suggested I get better boat shoes. I was wearing regular tennis shoes with the soles rather worn.
What would be a good sailing shoe? What kind of sole would it have? The boat has fiberglass hull with wood trim, and we do a lot of hopping around when trimming lines. Also it gets a bit wet sometimes.

No matter how good the shoes you buy are when you start, once the tread is worn down, they won't hold well and be a potential danger to you -- just like a bald tire.

I know some people who actually change shoes on the boat, but since I live on mine, that's just too complicated. But I do keep an eye on the state of the treads.

I have some Sperry flip flops that stay on my feet very well and the tread seems indestructible so far. I also have closed shoes by them but they've been discontinued. But being steady on my feet is a bigger issue for me than most here, and I'm going to stay with Sperry.
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Re: What is a good shoe for sailing

Hot deck, crocks
Warm deck, bare foot
Wet and a bit chilly, neoprene shoes (like for diving).
and cold and wet, rubber boots with wool socks.
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