1. For on the boat I usually have 2 pairs of Sperry Topsiders and some shorts and a T-shirt.
2. For just going ashore and hiking or something like that I have a pair of USMC hot weather combat boots and a pair of jeans or shorts and a T-shirt.
3. if I have to dress up on a trip I have a pair of corps. frams, a suit and tie and some slacks and a polo.
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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?
Sure. I have a pair of Sperry's on right now; very comfortable and durable too. OTOH, Converse All Stars work just as good for much less $$$. In many ways old fashioned canas sneakers are better than expensive deck shoes. For one thing, they can be thrown in the washing machine.
Not everyone can wear them though and it takes a certain panache to pull off a pair of All Stars with a blazer.
Crocs unless it's wet, but they're really a phenominal shoe in general. I have a set of Reef sandals to wear around as well, but that's mainly a fashion thing. Nice set of top-end Sperry dress shoes / dock shoes; works great with jeans and a sport coat. Foul weather boots, and some goretex trail running shoes round out the list.
Definitely my Crocs with the leather upper portion and leather shoestrings (just so they don't look like every other pair of crocs around).
I have some hiking shoes, but haven't pulled them out in 3 months (they're about to go)
I have some flip flops, but I almost busted my @ss on deck, so they're about to go.
My wife has three pair and she rotates through two of them pretty regular. The third she reserves for nice occasions, but we haven't had too many of those since we got on the boat (but she's still hopeful).
I find now that just about the time when I have the leathers of a pair of dock or deck shoes broken in and not rubbing me the wrong way the soles are worn or slick. Has anyone had these type of shoes resoled? if so with what results?
Location: West Indies, Now live aboard as cruiser/ voyager often with guest/ friends
Boat: 36' Bene
Originally Posted by wcsailor
Love these Keen brand shoes: waterproof, great traction, non-marking, toe protection and comfy. Available in mens and womens, different colors too.
I was seriously looking at these.... BUT.... I didn't like the bungee type lacing. Much of my hiking is up and down steep grades (50-60+ degreeish) such as you find on the volcanic islands of the Eastern Caribbean. Going Down Hill in these would appear to jam your toes into the toe guard causing bruising of the toe and nail even when very well trimmed back. I've still got one black nail from a hike on St. John with a pair of the leather boat shoes West Marine sells which is very comfortable on normal boating use and has been for several years. It was just a bad choice for the hike but I don't have room or need for full blown boots that would be a poor choice in the Hot temps I typically hike in.
Anyone have any ideas or links to a source with better/ sturdier lacing techniques?
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When we started living on our boat I only had one pair of shoes, pink thongs.........oh sorry I should make it clear that I am talking about the tongs (flip flops) on my feet not the other you know thong thing.....lol....
In Australia we call flip flops - thongs!
I find the thongs good for chucking in the dinghy and wearing around the place when I don't have to walk very far.
On the boat we have no shoes - bear feet, it is much more comfy that way.
I then got some lovely greenhide boat/deck shoes from an big American chandlery that was having a great sale. I got them for only $20 when they are normally about $100. They are great for wearing in raining/rough weather when I want to keep my feet dry. They dry off really easily too.
Then I got some pink croc type shoes just a few weeks ago (just the cheap version) for about $10 (which I thought was expensive but I loved the colour!!!!). The cros are great for wearing around and getting my feet wet in the dinghy, they are also great here in The Great Barrier Reef in Australia (where we are at the moment) for protecting our feet from sharp rocks and coral etc.
Apart from that I have a pair of nice dress shoes for when we go out to a nice party of dinner for a treat.
I also got some solid running/bushwalking shoes at Christmas again as a bargin reduced from $200 to only $40 AU. I use them for long walks to town or the shops, and for bush walking, exploring and doing hikes etc. Before I got them I would just wear my boat shoes walking and give them a good wash afterwards.
I just look out for the bargains and get anything I need when a really good deal pops up.
But you don't need many shoes on a boat. Just a couple of pairs to cover relaxing, bush walking, dress shoes etc.
I must point out that I have found croc type shoes are not so good to wear on land in wet/rainy weather as I often slip or almost fall on my butt, and thongs are not so good to walk in sand or muddy wet stuff in as they will flick up and I wend up with either sand all over the place or bits of mud all over my butt. Also walking in rocky sand I end up with little bits of rocks stuck in my crocs.....thatís when I usually just go barefoot.
Croc type shoes are cool too as you can decorate them and get little cute things to stick on them and make them more special!