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Old 18-05-2012, 19:50   #1
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If you could have only one pair of shoes onboard your boat while cruising in tropical climates, what would they be? Without the foot odor!

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Old 18-05-2012, 19:54   #2
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Old 18-05-2012, 20:32   #3
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If you could have only one pair of shoes onboard your boat while cruising in tropical climates, what would they be? Without the foot odor!

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I "cruise" barefoot. When things get sporty I wear closed toe. With a limit of one pair, I gues they have to do ship to shore duties (the ocassional restaurant, wedding, funeral or bah mitvah)

With that limit it would be a classic deck shoe.

With two pairs I would add a pair of Birkenstock flops.

The third pair would be a draining quick dry closed toed shoe.
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I bought a pair very similar to that 12 years ago at Payless (cheap shoe store importing from China and such).

Paid $19 at the time, they have seen plenty of coral, rocks and sand, and they're still in good shape.

Surprisingly, if you know anything about Payless shoes.
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You said only one pair, right?
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Old 18-05-2012, 22:03   #6
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WOW, how do I respond to that image

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Re: last pair of shoes

I wore several different brands of sandals. Things to look out for:

1) While Velcro is great for adjusting fit, if you have to use it every day to get in and out it can wear out quickly. I had one expensive name brand pair that had the Velcro die on one in about a month. Get a pair with a plastic snap closure.

2) Avoid leather. Another name brand pair got really stinky as the leather went bad. Synthetics are your friend.

3) When fitting be very sensitive to plastic parts and other parts that can become very uncomfortable over time.

4) Avoid siped soles - the fine cuts trap sand which you then bring aboard.

5) Cushioned straps and straps made from fabric instead of webbing are more comfortable.

I like the Reefs above, as they tick all of the boxes. But I have also found good no-name sandals that also fill the bill.

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Crocs bought in S.E. Asian markets with the deep tread have done us well for years just buy enough pairs and do not wear them too smooth.
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WOW, how do I respond to that image

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Just mention that she needs a mini skirt to go with them
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Tropics? Kino Sandals from Key West. Stylish and cheap.

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I think I'd go for a pair of Keen Newport sandals. Closed toes, don't mar the deck, good traction, can get 'em wet, walk on reefs, wear 'em with socks for heavy duty hiking ashore, won't get dirty looks for wearing 'em in a nice restaurant...

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Keene's makes a closed toe flip flop that is out of this world, no stubbed toes.
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You said only one pair, right?

Thats it!!--I'm ruined for the day
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I had new Teva's 5 years ago which fell apart and smelled. Keen's have a little aroma but it may just be me . Will look at Reef's and check out Payless.

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