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Old 25-11-2015, 18:59   #1
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Sperry Shoes

Anyone notice that Sperry shoes (and boots) turn slippery after about 1.5yrs? The soles get hard and slippery and are outright dangerous. @#$%

Now looking at Allen Edmonds boat shoes . . . .
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Old 25-11-2015, 19:52   #2
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Re: Sperry Shoes

Yes, some of these boat shoes get hard as a rock underneath.
Some don't.
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Old 25-11-2015, 21:22   #3
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Re: Sperry Shoes

I switched about 15 years ago to these Sperry Topsider Sandals.

Great traction and comfort when sailing hard and they wear really well in marine environment.
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Old 25-11-2015, 21:31   #4
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Teva sandals are comfortable and damn near indestructible.


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Old 25-11-2015, 21:40   #5
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Re: Sperry Shoes

I agree teva sandals are pretty much indestructible.l do believe they were originally deigned by a whitewater guide. I think some of the crocs have a nonskid sole. They tend not yo last as long as Tevas but the can be found on sale more frequently than Tevas Crocs also have a closed toe
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Old 26-11-2015, 04:28   #6
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Re: Sperry Shoes

I swore I'd never own a pair of Crocs, now my favorite warm weather sailing shoe. I won't be seen off the boat in them though! Fugly things they are!
I buy the walmart knockoffs for about 5$.
I haven't worn open toe sandals onboard since I peeled up my big toenail on a cleat years ago.
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Re: Sperry Shoes

I think maybe some of the siped soles are made from a polymer that reacts to the chemicals in fuel spills. Is this another ethanol issue?
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Old 26-11-2015, 06:15   #8
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Re: Sperry Shoes

Agreed. The Topsiders don't have a long life.

I've been wearing the Sea Kite series for a few years, they look a lot more like a sneaker on the tread and they seem to be lasting a lot better. Just have to wait for them to go on a big sale...

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Yes I have both Sperry and WM knock offs and the soles do wear down, So, I scuff up the soles with 80 grit sandpaper to make them more useable. Eventually you have to re purpose them .
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I've had great luck with Keens so far.
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Re: Sperry Shoes

I've given up on "boat shoes" having found the same problem as Caelestes. Now I use Keene sandals and hiking shoes or Ecco brand walking shoes or any athletic shoes that are comfortable and well ventilated. None of these have the slit sole pattern but they provide great traction on wet decks and don't leave marks regardless of what color the sole may be.


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I need to breakdown and get a pair of white shrimpers boots. Cajun Reboks as they are on the gulf coast.


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Re: Sperry Shoes

Sperry Gold Cup is my dress shoe, doesn't have the "yellow" sole that gets hard and slippery like the Topsiders, is made with VERY soft interior leather so that I can wear them without socks if I want. I buy one pair a year at the West Marine Christmas sale. The older pair(s) get worn out as work shoes
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Re: Sperry Shoes

I had a pair of Timberland Sperry style knockoffs that had more of a gummy sole and more ridges... they were great, and a lot better shoe than the Sperry's for walking around in also. The best deck shows I ever had were a pair of racquetball shoes, really gripped well.
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Old 26-11-2015, 10:07   #15
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Re: Sperry Shoes

Happens to a lot of shoes. Reef sandals and crocs for me. Both have nearly pitched me overboard.
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