Sailing Magazine did an article on “The Sailing Girls’ Guide to Cute Boat Shoes“. We like it so much we decided to share it with all of our Get Wet Sailing fans.
All of us here at Get Wet Sailing are pretty particular about our sailing wear and stylish boat shoes seem to be a difficult find, especially when you’re also looking for quality and performance. If it were up to me, I’d wear Sperry Top Sider Classic boat shoes everyday of the year, but when sailing on a small boat where your feet seem to be constantly wet, you need something a little more sporty.
Here it is, the list of the Top 5. With links of course that will take you directly to Amazon or directly to the manufacturer.
These shoes are the perfect fit on the deck. The rubber soles make these shoes grippy when wet. They fit exactly like they should, and there is no room for rocks to get in when you need to jump off onto the beach. Comes in Black and White.
Check it out here: Helly Hanson Hydropower 4 Deck Shoe
Sailors are starting to discover what many runners have praised for a long time as the barefoot shoe. Not only do they have quick drying mesh bodies, but they also help correct posture and gait. These shoes were tested out on a J/24 all day long and were proved to be comfortable and stable on top of the the razor edged rubber soles. A cute alternative to the typical clunky water shoe. $89 Find them HERE.
It’s been a few years now and we are still in love with these Adidas Boat Lace shoes. “The Boat Lace shoe is constructed with CLIMACOOL technology, which merges quick-drying mesh uppers with insole drainage for a cool and comfy fit. ” The rubber soles have good traction and the toe caps provide extra protection you can feel safe with these on. At only 7oz, you’ll be floating around the boat forgetting you’re wearing shoes at all. $51.96 – $69.95
Find them on Amazon.
4. Sebago Bala
Sebago Bala’s have been a favorite among sailing women and apparently all the women at Sailing Magazine too. Just recently Kate Middleton was spotted flashing her own Sebago’s when stepping off the plane in Canada. Who knew boat shoes could be practical, functional and fit for a princess? For heavy weather sailing, maybe not, but they sure are the classiest pair and cutest pair of boat shoes you’ll ever own. $95 Find them on Amazon.
Last but certainly not least, is the ultimate classic and honestly our favorite, the Sperry Top Sider. It just doesn’t get much better than this. Excellent traction on the bottom for the slippery wet decks, classic design with leather laces. Come in multiple colors and styles. Looks good both on and off the boat. Comfortable to wear all day long. Can it get any better than this? We don’t often wear ours when sailing our Hobie, but pull these babies out on a bigger boat, when you are less-likely to get wet and your feet will do all the talking. $85.99-$95.99 on Amazon.