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|Author||Topic: Deck Shoes|
posted 04-11-2004 09:26 AM ET (US)
We want to buy a new pair of deck shoes. We currently have a few pair of Rockport Perth deck shoes, all getting rather worn I might add.
We do not want to scuff our Whaler gelcoat and the Rockport's have been fine, however, having difficulty locating them in our area.
Any ideas on other deck shoe manufacturers we should consider.
posted 04-11-2004 10:20 AM ET (US)
Nushlie-I like the shoe Sebago makes. Take a look at the clovehitch.
posted 04-11-2004 12:25 PM ET (US)
I agree with Pete...the Clovehitch is the most comfortable boat shoe I have ever worn...superior to the Sperry Billfish IMO.
posted 04-11-2004 12:44 PM ET (US)
I like the Sperry Topsider SP870, I think is the correct name, an athletic shoe (no leather) made by New Balance for Sperry. I've usually got one pair in pretty good shape for "dress" and two or three older pairs I'm rotating through.
I'm always on the lookout for something better though, and with those recommendations I'm going to try a pair of the Clove Hitch models. Thing is, I'm *always* getting my shoes wet when I'm fishing or otherwise out on the water, and I've never found a pair of leather shoes, no matter what the mfr. says, that don't get stiff sooner or later, while the athletic types never have. Those Clove Hitches are some good-looking shoes though...maybe they'll be my Sunday go to meeting boating shoes...
posted 04-11-2004 03:27 PM ET (US)
FYI, I got my Clovehitches last year at DSW (Discount Shoe Warehouse) for around $60. Might want to check them out.
posted 04-11-2004 08:42 PM ET (US)
I second the vote for the Sperry/New Balance SB870s. You can get them in wide widths, a huge plus for me.
posted 04-11-2004 08:59 PM ET (US)
I'm on my umpteenth pair of Sperry SB870's.
Like Kingfish, I've got my 'dress' pair, and several others in order of abuse. One really great thing about the 870's, is when they get dirty, give em a spray of Simple Green, and throw them in the washing machine, hang um in the sun....good as new.
They never leave any marks or skids on the deck, and really grab on wet surfaces. If you stand a good part of the day when on a trip or fishing...they are the best I've found, especially when running fast on a rough/choppy day (very often).
The one thing that doesn't cut it is they can't be worn with Dockers or other Chino type pants....they just don't make it...that's when the Covehitch or the like do a better job....gotta get me a pair of em.....
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posted 04-11-2004 09:21 PM ET (US)
sperry eraser brown or white soles and man the canvas is great for the summer!
light as a feather
posted 04-11-2004 10:14 PM ET (US)
The Rockports are comfortable but I sure wouldn't buy another pair of Sperry Billfish. Dang, they are uncomfortable.
posted 04-12-2004 12:04 PM ET (US)
I have worn out dozens on pairs of Sperry's and Sebagos. My favorite are Timberlands but dang expensive. Try Boat US or Marshall's clearence section, I snag Sperry;s for like $25 all the time.
posted 04-13-2004 06:06 PM ET (US)
has your Rockport Perths. I wouldn't recommend buying shoes
online UNLESS you've already worn out a pair and know the
exact part number, but it sounds like you have.
I've been buying my Rockport ProWalkers online because I'm a
posted 04-13-2004 09:45 PM ET (US)
check out the new boat shoe (and of course the sandals) that Teva offers for boating. Looks pretty cool.
posted 04-13-2004 11:13 PM ET (US)
I love my Teva's .........very comfortable......a little pricy..but hey, you get what you pay for!
posted 04-14-2004 11:17 AM ET (US)
Found very interesting new type "shoe" in my latest issue Spring 2004 of Shallow Water Angler magazine. Called a Rugged Shark Fisherman and advertised as "gives you snug fit of a quality boat shoe with the cool, open air feel of sandals" Really neat looking and some different features. Cost is $69.99. Their website is www.ruggedshark.com.
Also want to say that this mag is one of my favorites since lot of articles apply to freshwater a well as shallow salt water fishing.
posted 04-14-2004 12:58 PM ET (US)
I grew up boating barefoot, and just can't see using leather shoes if they'll wind up in the water as they do when I'm launching. As close as I can get to barefoot today (knowing a little better), are beach socks, like the Sperry's:
Cheap to replace, light and comfortable, just enough protection and grip. The better shoes stay in a Rubbermaid container when we're on board.
posted 04-14-2004 01:07 PM ET (US)
Another thing that works if it's a bit cool is neoprene dive
boots. They come with hard soles and zippers now.
posted 04-14-2004 02:13 PM ET (US)
I can give a recommendation for Land's End boat shoes. They have nylon slip-on boat Mocs for $30
posted 04-14-2004 03:16 PM ET (US)
Converse Chuck Taylors.
Black, hightop, light weight quick drying canvas uppers, gum sole,
$30 and extremely flexible for occassions.
posted 04-15-2004 12:48 AM ET (US)
Thank you for all of the input on deck shoes. The more things change the more they stay the same.
We ordered the Rockport Perth, tough to beat for both comfort and style.
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