Originally Posted by dmksails
Now that I've repainted my decks, I would like to get a shoes that won't leave marks all over! I'm not a fan of the low "boat shoe" like sperry. I would like something like a hiking boot that gives support to the ankle. I've looked at hiking shoes, but they seem to all have black soles.
Yes. As a matter of coincidence, I spent some time looking for a similar boat
shoe/boot a few months ago, prior to buying
three new boat
shoes (of different designs) for myself.
Sperry (Topsiders) also makes boat
shoes that have higher tops (like high top basketball shoes or short hiking boots or chukka boots). They will have the famous Sperry siped soles or other designed for decks soles made of some kind of rubber compound or synthetic rubber (non marking). They come in many styles, some looking like hiking boots (but with “boat shoe type” soles).
That said, I am not sure even those chukka (lower or mid height top) types of shoes will really provide much ankle support that would prevent a twisted ankle. I suspect that would require a higher boot top, something like the US Army (or Marines) wear today.
Sperry does make a high top boot, with a non-marking “siped” sole (appropriate for boats) that is made of leather (and some fabrics). It is probably the best solution for you. You can find them at markdown prices in some places. Here is a link to what I would pick for that purpose :
Also, some shoes may have black or other colored soles that are still “non marking.” Be sure to check that. Even so, some boat owners will not like it.
Finally, depending upon where you sail, you may find “deck boots” are comfortable to wear, especially if you sail in an area with colder water
. I really like the feel of deck
boots with thick socks in colder water
sailing. However, typical deck
boots do NOT have laces that allow tighter fit around the ankles. Most have rather open or loose body around the ankle, so will probably not suit your desire for some “ankle support.”
Hope that helps.
Good luck on your boat shoe search.