Features June 2007 Issue

2007 Men’s Athletic-Style Boat Shoe Test

In this search for the best menís performance sailing shoes, we test Timberland, Sebago, Harken shoes, Rugged Shark shoes, Slam, Helly Hansen, Sea Bowld, and Sperry.

Ignoring the traditional style boat shoe, sailing sandals, and even womenís sailing shoes for the moment, Practical Sailor acquired menís athletic-style boat shoes (deck shoes), from numerous purveyors of sailing apparel. We chose the models we felt were most applicable to mainstream sailing activities on both wet and dry surfaces. Testers assessed each pair of sailboat shoes with non-marking soles for best grip, comfort, construction, foot protection, grip, weight, performance, and absorption. In our quest for the best boating shoes, several marine performance shoes climbed to the top. Several could clearly be classed as racing shoes that might not appeal to cruising sailors.

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