Practical Sailor Gets a Grip on Women’s Boat Shoes
Like Cinderellas of the yacht club, testers donned a slew of women’s sailing shoes from top manufacturers and put them to the test in real-world settings. Performance footwear from makers including Helly Hansen, Harken, Teva, Sebago, Sperry, and Slam, were evaluated for grip, foot protection, comfort, and odor resistance. To find out which is the best sailing shoe where grip is concerned, Practical Sailor tested them on wet and dry teak and nonskid.
Often times in the personal sailing gear arena, women sailors are left with limited choices—inflatable life vests and foul weather bibs come to mind. However, when it comes to boat shoes, the selection is endless for both the racer and the cruiser. We tested 13 pairs of performance sailing shoes from the most popular manufacturers. Granted racers and cruisers won’t necessarily be looking for the same thing out of a shoe, but we found comfort, grip, and foot protection are key for any footwear to be worn aboard.