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A deck shoe needs to fit well and come with a sole that carries as little dirt as possible on deck. Whether a classic shoe in leather, a deck shoe made of nylon with a waterproof membrane, leather/nylon sailing boots or rubber boots with short or long shaft, the right boat shoe is easy to find. Modern boat shoes made of breathable material are not only light and well insulated but also ensure a comfortable wearing environment for your feet, without them getting wet.
As a sailor's tradition, shoes with seawater resistant leather and a slip and abrasion-resistant sole have stood the test of time. They are extremely comfortable, which is certainly one reason why they are still among the most worn boat shoes, and not only on board. Newer shoes made of breathable materials or sailing boots are waterproof and usually more lightweight. For open seas, especially in colder regions, sailing boots are very suitable. Sailing boots made of leather in combination with breathable materials not only keep your feet warm but also dry.
The outer material, the shaft, the interior and the laces of a classic deck shoe are made out of leather. More and more sailing shoe manufacturers not only use leather, but also special textiles and membranes such as Gore-Tex in order to increase breathability and wearability of the modern boat shoe. However, SVB's water sports experts recommend pure leather shoes with greater activity on board, because leather as a shoe material prevents bad odors and sweaty feet. Even though blisters can occur when breaking in a new pair of leather shoes, the pain is worth it - the shoe will turn soft and whether during summer or wet fall days will keep your feet feeling comfortable. Good boat shoes have to be manufactured in such a fashion that they are seawater-resistant, which means for example that the eyelets should not rust.
The sole of a technical yachting shoe is very special. True boat shoes have a sole that is made of very flexible rubber or natural rubber. With the right sole, a deck shoe is skid-proof, has good grip, bounces your steps, repells water and is of course waterproof.
Shoes of different manufacturers and brands often vary in size. If you are between two sizes, we always recommend choosing the larger size; this way your shoes will fit comfortably even with thick socks. In addition, boat shoe manufacturers from different countries use different sizing guides. Among others, there are European, English and American sizes.