Boating Footwear

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Glocker, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. Glocker

    Glocker Member

    Sep 7, 2019
    Boat: 2000 Sea Ray 185
    Tow Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Limited V8
    4.3 Mercruiser
    I love being out on the lake and out on the boat. I typically wear a type of footwear that is kind of like a hybrid of a sneaker and a sandle. The problem is; water gets in the sole and usually causes them to fall apart. Last night I experienced a new one! We couldn't figure out why the main level and basement of our house smelled really bad. It was so bad the my wife couldn't sleep! It turns out my most recent pair of water footwear smelled HORRIBLE!

    So what's out there for me that I can wear in and out of the water all of the time? I'd need something for walking, boating, kayak fishing, and going on cruises (pool deck and beaches).

    Thank you!
  2. HavnFunYet?

    HavnFunYet? Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    1998 Sea Ray 370 DA
    310 Mercury Hypalon w 9.9 Merc
    454 Mercruiser 7.4 MPI's
    Sorry your feet smell HORRIBLE... there are fixes for that.
  3. TNT8808

    TNT8808 Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 25, 2016
    West Michigan
    2008 48 Sundancer
    Cummins QSC 8.3's
    Avon Seasport 340
    40 HP Yamaha
  4. Todd320

    Todd320 Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    Have you tried water shoes, like these? These should not fall apart once wet, made for the water. This was just a random search on amazon for men’s water shoes, I’ve never owned a pair, but my brother has something similar. I just use flip flops, bare feet, or boat shoes (like Sperry’s, although, only wear these off the boat, oddly enough).
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  5. Glocker

    Glocker Member

    Sep 7, 2019
    Boat: 2000 Sea Ray 185
    Tow Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Limited V8
    4.3 Mercruiser
    HAHAHAHA It's not my feet! I think the soles filled up with lake water and got funky. LOL
  6. Glocker

    Glocker Member

    Sep 7, 2019
    Boat: 2000 Sea Ray 185
    Tow Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Limited V8
    4.3 Mercruiser
    Thanks guys. I'll take a look at those options. The pair that started smelling bad are supposedly made for the water, and are almost all rubber except for the upper. But I guess water got in the soles. Horrible!
  7. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    IMG_4230.JPG I bought a cheap pair of soft plastic sandals for our boat that I used when washing it. They were black with a Velcro strap and quite comfortable. Put them in the sun for ten minutes and they would get hot hot and dry out. Kept them in the wash bucket with my Woody Pine Soap. Saved my deck shoes from getting funky.
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  8. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    2018 Back Cove 34
    Cummins QSB 6.7 480
    I know they have a poor reputation among the "manly" set, but Crocs work quite well for the listed use cases. They are 100% waterproof, float, dry super fast, and are durable. The absolutely DON'T get that "funk" you describe.

    I've worn Crocs to the boat for years (same pair) because they are fully waterproof, dry fast, never stink, and slip on and off fast. Plus I really don't give a crap what someone thinks of my choice in boat shoes. This year I tried some "water shoes" from West Marine to wear on the beach. They were OK, but tended to stay wet with salt water and developed a God-awful stench.

    There are now a number of styles designed for water activities, and specifically boating. They have less of a traditional "Crocs" look.
  9. jzanthony

    jzanthony Active Member

    Aug 17, 2015
    Port Lambton, ON Lake St Clair
    99 Sea Ray 380 DA, 2019 SeaDoo RXT230
    7.4 Horizons
    Water shoes by XTRA TUF work really well, picked up a pair at the St Clair boat races have worked out really good so far.

  10. Third Edition

    Third Edition Active Member

    Apr 9, 2017
    NE Florida
    360 Sundancer 2002
    T-8.1L V-drives
    Letting my shoes dry out seems to keep the funk out of the picture. Sunlight is a good disinfectant.
  11. OllieC

    OllieC Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 11, 2013
    Sara Belle
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    Classic Vans Slip-ons or Oluki Flip Flops come along on the boat, but not worn.
  12. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    My kids threw my crocs away on me years ago and threatened to do the same with any new ones I buy.
    I loved them for the boat and for washing my cars in the driveway.
    My favorite footwear on the boat in warmer weather is Sperry’s. They grip the deck well, don’t mark it up, don’t stink if they get a little wet and are easy to slip on and off. The new ones get worn regularly and the oldest ones are stored in the trunk of my car for when it’s time to give the boat a bath.
    In the shoulder seasons I usually wear Brooks running shoes. My newest ones get worn to the gym in the morning and the older ones get used on the boat. They breathe well so don’t stink if they get a little wet, grip the deck well and don’t mark it up.
  13. wayne0

    wayne0 Active Member

    May 4, 2014
    Newburyport, Ma.
    2000 340 Sundancer
    Twin 7.4 ltr.V-drives
    All I wear is a pair of Sperry flip flops all boating season. It's those or bare foot. Great on the boat and on the dock.
  14. k9medic

    k9medic Active Member

    Mar 27, 2013
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin 3116 CATs
    Barefoot only on my boat. Flipflops to get to/from.

    I keep a pair of tennis shoes on the boat just in case I have to go someplace where I have to walk a good distance.
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  15. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Hardtop Express “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    My boat shoe collection:

    crocs for full on wet, deck washing etc
    Columbia flip flops for non water boat wear

    this summer I strayed from my usual Sperry Billfish boat shoes. My wife dragged me on an outlet store trip this spring where I found a pair of Cole Haan boat shoes that have held up really well and are really comfortable and still look decent.

    I’ve also got a pair of UA water “shoes” that look like sneakers but can get completely soaked and be dry in less than an hour.

  16. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Not a huge fan of flip flops on the boat. I’ve pointed out the possible tripping hazard to guests and had a few stumble getting on and off the boat with them.
    Worst one was my wife years ago when she went for a swim off the platform because she tripped over her own feet when wearing them as she was stepping from the boat to the dock.
    It was actually pretty funny once it was apparent that she was okay.
    Also had someone stub their toe on a cleat with flip flops on. Sure looked like it hurt, but that probably would have been true of most footwear.

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