Mar 1, 2006, 12:16 PM
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All of you, go on, you must work for the shoemakers. None of you have have any real experience in course racing or summertime dinghy sailing. Why am I the first to answer with the obvious? Did I miss something?
Re: [hookinnhangon] Best Boat Shoes?
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The best shoe among serious crew for summertime around-the-buoys racing is the Converse All Star Chuck Taylor high top. White is my favorite, becasue I'm a traditionalist. Many foredecks prefer the gothic black canvas shoe, for reasons that are only dimly understood. Silly people insist on mixing red and green pairs, but this doubles the cost of footwear, or they get confused half the time.
Why a canvas high top sneaker? It won't bust the budget and it's got sole that can't be beat for gripping, espeically on modern sailboat decks. A Sperry may look better at the club, but that waffled sole is only good for teak decks. How dated is that? Go ahead, keep on wearing Sperry's, and try to do a task quickly. You'll break your neck, compared to the Taylor's.
And if you won't be seen at the club without a coutured shoe and a coordinated outfit, you can put your Solomons on before walking down the dock. But the Chuck Taylors work better for performing tasks on the boat. And in the summertime, they're almost as much fun as going barefoot, a lot safer on the toes, and have all the grip you need.