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Old 16-07-2017, 14:29   #1
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Deck shoes. What's good, and affordable?

Hi Folks,

Didn't see a forum for attire, so putting it out here in the "community" category.

Trying to find a boat shoe that will be kind to my deck, has a good grip, and won't break the bank.

Sure, Sperry is cool and all, but with -everybody- wearing them these days, I'm sure they've gotten all trendy and likely less specialized for deck use.

I don't need a trendy trademark, rather have something that will last a while and do it's job even in it borders on ugly.

What do folks out here buy and recommend. (Try to keep that "affordable" condition in mind!)

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Old 16-07-2017, 15:48   #2
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Deck shoes. What's good, and affordable?

Barefoot, flip flops and if it's really bad and cold, boots.
Note I don't do cold if it's at all possible to avoid, so so do not have a pair of boots aboard.
Almost all of the time I go barefoot and so have learned I hope what not to kick.
Used to be I kicked the little drains under my port lights and they would punch nice little circular holes in my little toe.

Not much is cheaper than bare foot
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Barefoot, flip flops and if it's really bad and cold, boots.
Note I don't do cold if it's at all possible to avoid, so so do not have a pair of boots aboard.
Almost all of the time I go barefoot and so have learned I hope what not to kick.
Used to be I kicked the little drains under my port lights and they would punch nice little circular holes in my little toe.

Not much is cheaper than bare foot
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Who needs deck shoes?
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Re: Deck shoes. What's good, and affordable?

I've given up on "boat shoes" and now use regular athletic shoes. I currently like On brand but also like my Keene sandals. Too many stubbed toes to go barefoot.
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Re: Deck shoes. What's good, and affordable?

Agreed that under ideal condition, barefoot meets all qualifications. Not being in ideal conditions at the moment, I was looking for something that would prevent the stubbed (or worse) toes. Too many blocks and fairleads on my deck and having to jump onto a pier makes shoes a requirement.

I know flip-flops are common, but I've just never taken to them.

Athletic shoes are fine, though seems like all of those are junk now and I don't feel like paying Michael Jordan a royalty.

Thanks. Please keep the suggestions coming!
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Re: Deck shoes. What's good, and affordable?

At anchor or in a slip, barefoot is fine. On passage though, I prefer not to break me toes or lose my footings or get a toe caught in a line. Skecher offers some great boat foot gear at low prices. I got a set of Vans and quickly realized they were better suited for leisure activities and not the rigors of passage making.
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Re: Deck shoes. What's good, and affordable?

Usually get around in bare feet but when the situation calls for it I have a couple of pairs of these on board, grippy as hell and don't leave any marks, gave up on the traditional deck shoes years ago.....

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Could this be under boat handling and docking?
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Hubby got these..he says they are comfy, easy on and off, good grip, non marking. Doesn't have a reinforced toe if that's what you are ideally looking for though.

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Re: Deck shoes. What's good, and affordable?

I really liked my Sperry Top Siders until I started wearing them around salt water. Whew! They make my feet stink, something about the leather, sweat and salt water made for a bad combo.

Now I use Skechers as they are light, easy off/on, non-marking and have a good grip. You can catch them on sale at Beall's and other outlets, don't pay $65!

https://www.skechers.com/en-us/style...ted-gomel/ltgy
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Who needs deck shoes?
+2 & +3

You can't really feel the boat through shoes; that little vibration might be something you need to be aware of. The more time you spend barefoot, the better your barefoot situational awareness. After several decades of never wearing shoes, injuries become increasingly uncommon.
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Re: Deck shoes. What's good, and affordable?

I'm barefoot on teak decks most of the time. Cheap Timberland deck shoes on occasion.
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Re: Deck shoes. What's good, and affordable?

Sperry's are not really that trendy and they are pretty much the same as they have always been -- the best boat shoe. You can get them on-line through some of the discount shoe stores. Well worth the price.
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Re: Deck shoes. What's good, and affordable?

I was getting ready to mention these Columbia Shoes,
I have two pairs that I got for really cheap at Marshalls or TJ Maxx,
you can find them online at a decent price too,
They are VERY gryppy, self draining and quick drying,
as well as extremely comfortable.
Also found at shoe retailers like DSW and at the Columbia Outlets.

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Re: Deck shoes. What's good, and affordable?

keen are good and are somewhat open but toe is protected. got a pair of sperry on sale west marine about$45. outrageous grip , super liteweigjt, drains, not great on looks, not a concern with me.
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