Sailing Shoes, Boots and Footwear

Sailing Shoes & Boots

Moving safely about on a sailboat requires sure footing, so sailing shoes, boots and footwear start with no slip and non-marking soles.  While sandals and flip flops are the least protective and supportive, they are easy slip on and off, but generally recommended for shore wear only.  Sailing shoes will offer non slip soles and foot protection while onboard or ashore, and come in classic leather and high tech, low water absorption styles.  Sailing boots will range from dinghy specific applications, to classic rubber boots and waterproof and breathable offshore boots.  Sailing socks will be wicking and come in varied insulating thicknesses.  Ever popular are Gore-Tex socks that can give plain old boat shoes great waterproof and breathable boot protection.

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Sailing Shoes, Boots and Footwear Information


Sailing Boots- Sailing boots are constructed of heavy-duty, waterproof materials with rubber-compound, non-slip soles. There are many styles of boots available, though generally divided into two categories: offshore boots and dinghy hiking boots. Tall Offshore boots are intended to keep feet dry while maintaining footing in an extremely wet environment. They come high on the calf and optimize warmth. Offshore Sea boots are intended to keep the sailor in place despite undesirable conditions, with waterproof liners fitting snugly around the calf area. Also avaible in Women's offshore boot styles. Hiking boots are constructed of much more flexible materials, though highly reinforced in areas that see lots of contact. Dinghy Hiking boots are intended to keep the sailor comfortable throughout a day of hiking on a vessel. Many models are designed to complement other hiking accessories produced by the same manufacturer, for a premium outfit of hiking apparel. 


Flip Flops and Sandals- Sailing sandals and flip-flops are the least significant items in terms of material and functionality, intended for a sailor's casual use in optimal conditions. Sailing flip flops and sandals are constructed of quick-drying material and place emphasis on traction to prevent slippage. Many models come with heel cups and innovative strap arrangements to promote a secure fit on the foot. The wide, non-slip sole is an effective tool for preventing slips on a vessel in calm water.


Junior Boots & Shoes- Find the perfect boots for your Junior or high school sailor. 


Rubber Deck Boots-  These boots are great to stash down below and breakout for that afternoon rain shower. Great rubber wellies with the added bonus of a non-slip grip sole.


Sailing Shoes- Sport sailing shoes are designed with an emphasis on function. Sport sailing provide safe movement and flexibility of the foot in an environment where balance and stability are vital. The sole and outsole of a sport sailing shoe are equally critical to comfort and safety as the breathability and drainage system. Sailing shoes must be designed to expel water that manages to penetrate any existing water-resistant design. Soles and outsoles are designed to maximize traction and provide grip over a large surface area. The most innovative products offered will use a combination of materials that promote breathability, durability and comfort to keep the foot dry and clear of debris. Ideal for both the keelboat racer or cruiser, athletic style sailing shoes have become a very popular choice. Lightweight, breathable and offered in a variety of styles and colors, sailing shoes prevent slipping and sliding on the deck. Also availblae in Women's sailing shoe styles.


Socks - Woven, Gore-Tex and Neoprene- Protecting your feet is a top priority in boating. You can have great shoes or boots, but non of that matters if you don't have the proper socks on when sailing. Whether it's winter or summer, the right socks can make or break your comfort on the boat. APS carries exactly what you need for the proper conditions from Gore-Tex to neoprene to wool.


Traditional Deck Shoes- Casual, all purpose deck shoes usually emphasize style while providing comfort, durability, water-resistance and a non-marking sole. The non-marking sole is an integral part of the design for boaters to prevent scuffing along the decks of their vessel. These classic style deck shoes look great on the dock, on the boat, or just around town. Long lasting leather and thick non-slip rubber soles make these marine shoes practical and stylish.

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