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Old 14-11-2008, 00:30   #16
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What about shoes specifically designed and advertised as "Sailing Shoes?" Brands such as Sperry, Sebago, Harken, Slam, ect. Anyone have any experience with these?
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Old 14-11-2008, 02:59   #17
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I like Sebago Spinnakers, as they has interesting color combinations and they were suede which your could easily renew. I used to get a new pair each year. But they seemed to have dropped their fashion colors and so I might move to Sperry. In the summer I am barefoot on board most of the time anyway.
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Old 14-11-2008, 06:59   #18
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The Crocs trend is clearly over. Anyone see their share price?

The trend isn't over. It's that the knock-offs or, as they call them, croc-offs are killing them. The originals are still better. Maybe the price will come down now.
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Old 14-11-2008, 08:36   #19
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I tried some of the knock off Crocs. I ended up giving them away and buying several pairs of originals when I was back home. At that time all you could get here at Carrfore in the Middle East were knockoffs. On the boat when I am back there I carry fisherman's boats and those who cruise the west Coast of Canada know what they are for. I also have a pair of sneakers but mostly I wear the Crocs or no shoes at all.
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Yeah, the knock-offs are of a different rubber composition and don't feel the same, I am told.
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Old 14-11-2008, 20:54   #21
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I wouldn't be caught dead in Crocs (Steve Irwin)

Seriously Steel toes, Leather deck shoes, Sperry Sneakers (that WM is discontinuing)

And for dress up....Blue Blazer, Gray or Khakis slacks and Dress shirt.
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At the present I am in a country where the majority of the people wear sandals. I don't feel at all embarassed wearing a T-shirt, cargo shorts and Crocs to the fanciest malls. The money you spend kind of overcomes the snobbish dress attitude.
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Old 15-11-2008, 03:01   #23
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Geez, am I the only one who still wears a pair of flip-flops? Of course, I only wear them when I'm taking a shower at the marina facilities since they can be lethal on a wet deck. The Key West public showers are used by the local homeless and there ain't no telling what "new and improved" microbes are breeding down there!!

Otherwise, a pair of deck shoes just out of principle and a pair of good walking shoes since my arthritis prevents me from jogging anymore are about all I need.

Aside from the standard shorts and t-shirts, I personally like a single flashy earring and a fun "island-type" necklace for decoration. That doesn't make me gay, but it probably doesn't help either (as if I cared on way or the other)! Given what the economy is, most of my purchases come from either the Salvation army or Walgreens.

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White rubber/plastic boots "Shrimpers Reebocks"
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Old 15-11-2008, 07:19   #25
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My wife won't let me wear my shrimper boots anymore ever since I fell in wearing them during a storm when tying up the boat after crossing Lake Oneida. Stepped off the boat, slipped on the rounded steel edge of the dock at Sylvan Beach and in I went.
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Love these Keen brand shoes: waterproof, great traction, non-marking, toe protection and comfy. Available in mens and womens, different colors too.
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I swear by Keens also, but I prefer the enclosed "full shoe" Keens (but the sole is the same). Best boat shoe there is IMHO. Very comfortable, won't slip on a wet deck. They are far superior to the Sperry topsiders or any "loafer type" boat shoe.

The're perfectly good as hiking shoes, too, so long as you aren't carrying alot of weight.
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Old 18-11-2008, 16:57   #28
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Here we call those boots "Sabine Pass Wedding Attire"!
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Old 18-11-2008, 17:59   #29
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Good info, this shoe discussion. Reminds me of a little story.....
After my boat-neighbor's cruising dreams were crushed when the dude took (but left her the boat :-) I went along with her to do some feel-good shopping, shoe shopping (not my favorite thing but hey, she was really down). When making her purchase she casually asked, I wonder where aboard I'll put them? I casually answered that when a live-aboard or cruiser buys something new they toss an equal item, like yachting ying-yang :-). She must have taken the advice to heart as she's been happily cruising the So Pacific since then.
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Shimano make or market a crock type shoe with a non skid sperry type sole they were recommended by a charter captain, I like my pair which I found in a tackle shop.
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