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Old 31-10-2012, 00:20   #1
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Sea boots and footwear for a wide foot?

By now, I've collected some pretty decent foulies -- except for my poor feet. They're happiest in about a 10 extra-wide (EEEE) (USA men's sizing/~44 Euro) -- maybe because a lot of my childhood was barefooted or in sandals and even regular wide shoes tend to get deformed and worn out.

What I never really see is anyone making a sea boot or deck shoe for really wide feet. Does anybody do so? Would I dare hope for extra marine footwear that's durable and a decent value?
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While they may not have exactly what you want, they do have large size shoes.

Good luck! (your problem sounds like a blessing, with my 16 5E feet)
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By now, I've collected some pretty decent foulies -- except for my poor feet. They're happiest in about a 10 extra-wide (EEEE) (USA men's sizing/~44 Euro) -- maybe because a lot of my childhood was barefooted or in sandals and even regular wide shoes tend to get deformed and worn out.

What I never really see is anyone making a sea boot or deck shoe for really wide feet. Does anybody do so? Would I dare hope for extra marine footwear that's durable and a decent value?
I am in much the same position, except it is not the width, it is the size 15 I can't find. A few years ago I found some insulated size 15 rubber boots in a small town in the middle of the prairie. It's the best I can do... they have to do for winter and boat.

Guess you have to hope you stumble across something similar. I found mine in a blue collar workwear store.
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Re: Sea boots and footwear for a wide foot?

I am in same boat as the OP. I have always wondered if it was because I was barefoot all my childhood and most of the time after that. I find mine in marine supply stores which cater to commercial fisherman.
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Re: Sea boots and footwear for a wide foot?

13 EEEEEE (yep, six Es) here. Unless New Balance makes a sea boot, I'm in trouble, so I will watch this thread with interest.
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Re: Sea boots and footwear for a wide foot?

My wife has the opposite problem--narrow feet. Selection is very limited, but we finally found some Sebago boat shoes for her in a narrow width. It's amazing to me how difficult it is to find shoes for feet that are outside of the "norm."
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Old 31-10-2012, 23:26   #7
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Re: Sea boots and footwear for a wide foot?

We'll keep looking .... until our "gunboats" come in! Sometime when visiting the coast I'll try looking at chandleries that serve commercial fishermen, and maybe also will try that angle on line.
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Re: Sea boots and footwear for a wide foot?

Rugged Shark makes a wide that's truly wide. I think the model I use is "Atlantic."
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Re: Sea boots and footwear for a wide foot?

Just looked... Kingsizedirect had something sort of interesting, a "lace up water shoe" reudced to $30 that comes in 11W and 12 extra-wide... close! Also they had some Velcro deck shoes for $35 in 15 and 16 extra-wide -- now that's a good-sized shoe.
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By now, I've collected some pretty decent foulies -- except for my poor feet. They're happiest in about a 10 extra-wide (EEEE) (USA men's sizing/~44 Euro) -- maybe because a lot of my childhood was barefooted or in sandals and even regular wide shoes tend to get deformed and worn out.

What I never really see is anyone making a sea boot or deck shoe for really wide feet. Does anybody do so? Would I dare hope for extra marine footwear that's durable and a decent value?
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Re: Sea boots and footwear for a wide foot?

For fun, looking at
Annapolis Performance Sailing, Dubarry Ultima seaboot for $399; the description mentions an extra-wide and says "extra wide sizes available" but the drop-down menu doesn't give a width choice so maybe it needs special handling to order. Some other internet places also seem to have the Dubarry.

wideshoes.com -- they have wide shoes, though inexpensive may be a very different matter. Dunham boat shoes in 4E and 6E in the low $100 range, plus some Gore-Tex and other outdoor hiking boots

Shoebuy.com has some Top-Sider boat shoes and a Sebago in extra wide in the $80 and low-$100 ranges, respectively.


Jeffry -- the $200 Helly Hansens may be inexpensive compared to the $400 Dubarrys! I don't see that they're "officially" extra wide, so it would be great to be able to try on a pair.
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For fun, looking at
Annapolis Performance Sailing, Dubarry Ultima seaboot for $399; the description mentions an extra-wide and says "extra wide sizes available" but the drop-down menu doesn't give a width choice so maybe it needs special handling to order. Some other internet places also seem to have the Dubarry.

wideshoes.com -- they have wide shoes, though inexpensive may be a very different matter. Dunham boat shoes in 4E and 6E in the low $100 range, plus some Gore-Tex and other outdoor hiking boots

Jeffry -- the $200 Helly Hansens may be inexpensive compared to the $400 Dubarrys!

Shoebuy.com has some Top-Sider boat shoes and a Sebago in extra wide in the $80 and low-$100 ranges, respectively.

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Re: Sea boots and footwear for a wide foot?

The $400 Dubarrys are available in wide sizes, and are great boots. My foot is size 13 or 14 wide, and the wide Dubarry's are comfortable, grip well, and keep my feet warm and dry. I've essentially lived in these boots without taking them off for days at a time, and compared to my cheap, non-breathng boots, or my average-priced, too long and/or too narrow boots, the Dubarrys were money well spent. If the conditions where you sail are more gentle, you may not need boots like these.

I also liked my under-$200 Sperry Topsider boots, except that they were just too narrow for my feet.
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Re: Sea boots and footwear for a wide foot?

Looked up the Rugged Shark Atlantics... leather upper, rubber outsole, 3-eyelet boat shoe, suggested retail $80, Defender has in the regular Wide width for $61.99. (A couple other Rugged Sharks are on clearance there but not in a wide or large size.)
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