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Zhik ZKG Sailing Shoe | Expert Review

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Here’s a short follow up from an earlier blog (below) on the Zhik ZKG Deck Shoes
ZKG Sailing Shoe by Zhik - bottom soleI wore the new ZKG deck shoes on a J/80 at Charleston Race Week a few weeks back. They were a perfect fit and incredibly lightweight. The shoe strings were a little long and came undone a few times, but because of the built-in tongue, the shoe never came loose. (Just have to double-knot them next time!) The exceptional thing about the ZKGs for me was the grip on the bottom of the shoe. The bottom allowed for a superior grip. It made for easy footing while hoisting the chute and heeling the boat downwind.
The only precaution I can give about the ZKGs is that the sole is not substantial enough when landing on hard objects like cleats and hooks. You will not bounce back from impact!
In all, they worked just fine on the J/80, but I would advise using them sailing on smaller dinghies where grip and swiftness are key.
-Bryn (Marketing Associate)

ZKG Sailing Shoe by Zhik - side view
What luck! The ZKG Shoe sample Zhik sent APS is my exact size, and I get to be first to try them out. These shoes are so comfortable – I’m going to get pair and using them as soon as dinghy season is in full swing!

Zhik unveils their new range of innovative footwear, and it’s in the shape of a sneaker! Don’t be fooled, this is a super functional sailing shoe made almost entirely of neoprene.

The ZKG Sailing Shoe is super lightweight and bends in every direction. The flexible gum rubber soles give you just the right amount of grip you need for traction on the boat. I’ve tried these on several times and find them to be one of the most comfortable boat shoes around!

The perforated, breathable neoprene fabric can dry quite quick after a long day on the water. In fact, this shoe is perfect for wearing in wet marine conditions.

The sole features several small drainage holes. This allows water flow out of the shoe to keep your feet comfortable and for the most part, dry.

The tongue on the shoe is sewn into the body so that its sure to stay in place. You just slide them on like any regular wet shoe. Then just tighten up the laces, and the shoe will provide a secure, snug fit around your foot.

The ZKG shoe would be perfect for dinghy sailing. Your choice to wear socks or not – though, I suggest no socks. In the realm of sailing shoe styles and designs, this shoe is by the far the most unique. I love that it has a look similar to a pair of Chuck Taylor’s. That combined with the fact that its almost entirely made of neoprene is pretty spectacular.

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4 Responses

  1. Video isn't always the best for the reviews — I hate to be a harsh critic, but the viewer hears you reading the script, and the monotone reading sounds like it's marketing documents from Zhik. What's with the ending, too? Wear the shoe, then tell the viewers what you think about it and what you like and don't like. That's what a review is supposed to be.

  2. Thanks, we always appreciate feedback. In the future we'll definitely try to make the videos more lively, maybe a little extra coffee would help? Once Annapolis isn't frozen anymore, we'll take a look at the Zhik shoes in action, so check back soon for a full review.

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