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Boat Shoe - recommendations #232437
08/16/2020 09:15 PM
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Good evening - Can any of you ttol-ers recommend your favorite boat shoes?

I usually wear flip flops or tennis shoes...but I have been interested in getting some Sperrys, Huks, Columbia or similar...

Your recommendations are appreciated.

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Re: Boat Shoe - recommendations [Re: Murdock] #232438
08/16/2020 11:09 PM
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KEEN Newport H2 Water Shoes

Pretty good traction, closed toe (very important for me !), sufficient coverage in tropical settings, doubles as good reef shoes.

Re: Boat Shoe - recommendations [Re: Murdock] #232439
08/17/2020 12:42 AM
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Non-marking as well as non-slip soles, please. Especially if one plans to play on boats belonging to others. Nothing worse than leaving black streaks all over gel-coat for someone else to scrub off. I still love the Sperry Top-Sider ( and yes I've had more than a few pair of their less-expensive knock-offs that for years were made in Wilton ME). All of those mocs fit better after a few soaks in salt water.

Re: Boat Shoe - recommendations [Re: Murdock] #232468
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No shoes or sandals, etc. are allowed on our boat. Barefoot is fine! smile

Re: Boat Shoe - recommendations [Re: Maria_and_Steve] #232470
08/17/2020 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Maria_and_Steve
No shoes or sandals, etc. are allowed on our boat. Barefoot is fine! smile


Ditto

Shoes come off on swim platform and all feet and shoes get rinsed.
Otherwise sand all over boat. It will make it into bed! duh

But Sperrys or sandals for me on shore!


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Re: Boat Shoe - recommendations [Re: Murdock] #232479
08/17/2020 12:33 PM
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I like the Keen beach sandals with toe protection. Our genoa cars have broken a couple of my toes! I still usually go barefoot. They are all I have worn for the last 46 days.

Cheers, RickG


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Re: Boat Shoe - recommendations [Re: Murdock] #232498
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Having seen more than a few broken toes and very bloody foot accidents as well as crew slipping in barefeet and hurting other body parts I have had NO problem with Captain and working crew wearing shoes and have required it off shore or underway after dark. Rare is the deck finish that gives any kind of grip to bare feet, -- teak works pretty good and Shannon Yachts have a great deck finish I never see any other manufacturer use.
***.Sperry makes a wide variety of good shoes leather and canvas, Harken shoes were always my favorite but are hard to find anymore.

Re: Boat Shoe - recommendations [Re: Murdock] #232503
08/17/2020 03:52 PM
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I recommend having 3 different types.
Flip flops, Teva type sandals & Sperry or similar Leather topped Boat shoes

Re: Boat Shoe - recommendations [Re: Murdock] #232525
08/17/2020 10:39 PM
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I wear my Sperry Billfish 3-Eye shoes all the time, not just while boating. I like a shoe with a thick, cushioned sole, and they qualify.

Same goes for my Ecco sandals -- great for boating and life in general. I tried a couple of other brands of sandals, and the design of the straps made them dig into the tops of my feet. The Ecco are the most comfortable that I've found.

Dan cheers

Re: Boat Shoe - recommendations [Re: Murdock] #232533
08/18/2020 08:12 AM
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Thanks everyone-

I used to exclusively wear flip flops or no shoes. More recently I have spent some time offshore passage-making and each of these captains required proper footwear, (sandals did not count).

The older I get too, the less I enjoy walking on old wooden docks with bare feet, or catching the flops on loose dock planks.

So, thank you to all who have commented, I appreciate the tips...and I will probably go with some Sperry's, but we'll see.

Re: Boat Shoe - recommendations [Re: Murdock] #232548
08/18/2020 12:10 PM
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My preference is Rockport.


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