Originally Posted by irwinsailor
I am surprised where this thread has gone! I just wanted a place to buy shoes! Having big feet shoes are not cheap
anyway, but I do like deck
shoes and I am willing to pay what I must to have them. I must say that the selection is quite small for those of us that are footware challenged! Now maybe I should look into a Navy
What I learned about shoes this year...
Everyone has a different preference. My kid wears Croc thongs (not the clogs). I hate them. I hate them for the fact they are 30 bucks when I can get him shower
thongs for $2. But he has a mom and you know how that goes...
Bare feet works until you have to go to a wet foredeck in a pitching boat. We had a spinnaker halyard
wrap on the furler
in 25 kts on Tuesday. I was "barefootin'" and nearly slid off the deck trying to clear it. Lesson learned. Need grippy shoes.
I have sailing boots. Gills. Great grip for the boat, great for dinghy's. Look goofy when on the boat. Only wear them racing
I tried tennis shoes - not as good a grip as the Gills. 2 weeks later - super stinky feet. My shoes were banned from the boat by the crew.
Finally broke down and asked for Sobago Docksides for Christmas
. Great shoe, great fit, great grip and no stink. They have broken in well and are very soft. No they are not just for the nautical look in my opinion.
They have them in sizes up to 16W on their website. They also have 14WW
Sebago - Category - Mens Footwear
Sebago - Docksides
A also bought my boat partner a pair of the "Plunge" looking ones (his are the Gill equivalent) and he loves them. They are all webbing with a great sole. I will be getting myself a pair of these as well.
Sebago - Plunge
PS - I "LOVE" the dunlop canvas
tennis shoes. Wore them excusively as a kid in Oz - memories <sigh>