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Best boat shoes?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
who makes the best boat shoes and where can one buy them online?

thanks!
post #2 of 30
I prefer Alden http://www.theshoemart.com/cgi-bin/c...&template=foo& .
post #3 of 30
Quoddy and Allen Edmonds also make boat shoes that are made in the US. Sperry topsiders are popular but I don't know if their quality is still as good as they are now made in China.
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post #5 of 30
I have a pair by tanino crisci that are very well made.
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What kind of boat will you be wearing them on?
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Originally Posted by NakedYoga View Post
What kind of boat will you be wearing them on?

Probably a FRIEND SHIP
post #8 of 30
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Originally Posted by NakedYoga View Post
What kind of boat will you be wearing them on?

Boats, although a nice accessory, are not required to wear boat shoes.
post #9 of 30
Are boat shoes just a fad or classics?

I know they've been around for a while but I've noticed a lot more interest in them this summer, which makes me wary about spending $200+ on a high quality pair

Any thoughts?
post #10 of 30
I prefer Sebago docksides. I think they are much better constructed than the topsiders. They are stiffer when you first get them than the topsiders, but once broken in they will last 5 times as long.

I just bought a pair and would suggest you get them in person so you can size them correctly wearing thin socks to simulate no socks. The place I purchased mine had several makers and when compared side by side it was an easy decision.
post #11 of 30
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Originally Posted by Stazy View Post
Boats, although a nice accessory, are not required to wear boat shoes.

exactly!

they can be easily worn off-board just instead of jack purcells
post #12 of 30
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Originally Posted by abrocketsfan View Post
Are boat shoes just a fad or classics?

I know they've been around for a while but I've noticed a lot more interest in them this summer, which makes me wary about spending $200+ on a high quality pair

Any thoughts?

Yes.

Buy Quoddys. You're supporting American artisans, and getting a product that can be resoled forever.
post #13 of 30
NDC, in my opinion. Here are mine:

post #14 of 30
Normal people have been wearing them for years, but now and again the fashion crowd picks up on them - that might be what's happening now. It's no bad thing - I liked the sleeker lines some designers introduced in their versions of the boat shoe a few years ago. I don't think you'd need to spend 200 bucks on boat shoes. My Paraboots were about €80 and you can get good US brands for even less. They're meant to be treated fairly roughly - they're going to be soaked in sea water, sand and so on, which is murder for leather, but spotless boat shoes look suspicious.
post #15 of 30
Sebago docksides...Love them...I used to wear them more than 20 years ago and they still look good...
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