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How To Choose Boating Shoes That Are Functional As Well As Fashionable

Aug 17, 2007
Deck shoes or topsiders, whatever you call them, boating shoes have become both a popular and efficient fashion statement for on and off of a boat. The history of the boat shoe design can be traced back to the Native Americans, who wore footwear called moccasins, which is much similar to a deck shoe. Boat shoes possess some of the same characteristics as moccasins. They both are made from a kind of leather that is resistant to water and possess a low profile. This design has now transformed into the shoes we see boaters wearing when they take to the water.

Sometimes the deck of a boat becomes wet and passengers need something to keep them from slipping. This is the intended purpose and design of a boat shoe. The top part of the shoe is constructed from treated leather, which contains oils that deflect the absorption of water. The bottom of the shoe is made from a kind of rubber that does not allow slippage. The ease of slipping in and out of the shoe is provided through the low profile, which is quite similar to a comfortable slipper.

It didn't take too long before boat shoes became a popular trend, catching on to varying individuals. The fashion statement has extended beyond the boating scene and was embraced as an addition to casual, as well as dressy wear. Because of the association with boating, some shoes give an outfit a sporty look, where some styles have been known to dress up a wardrobe.

Although it is quite popular to wear boat shoes in bare feet, there are many people who prefer to wear socks with their shoes. This sometimes detracts from the stylish appearance of the shoes by drawing more attention to the socks than the shoe. Numerous boat shoe wearers will insert sock pads to increase the comfort of going barefoot. This allows them to feel the padding, as well as show off their stylish footwear.

With every article of clothing or accessory, stylists have a set of guidelines that they often refer to. In actuality, you can wear anything you want when you want. A few words of fashion wisdom include wearing boat shoes to accentuate sporty outfits. For men, khaki shorts, golf shoes and polo shirts are just some of the things to consider when pairing boat shoes with an outfit. As a rule of thumb, boat shoes don't look too hot during the winter season.

The shoes are created to reflect a certain level of strength. After all, they are made for the rough and rugged activities that occur aboard a wet ship deck. Maintenance is still required. For longer lasting shoes, oil the leather on a regular basis. This will keep your shoes withstanding water infiltration. From time to time, disinfect your insoles by spraying on a shoe cleaner. When soles start to show heavy use, immediately repair visible wear and tear.

When considering a purchase, look for a shoe that features a solid sole. This will offer good slippage protection, which is good on and off of a boat. Just like with every pair of shoes you buy, make sure they provide a comfortable fit. This means trying on potential purchases before buying. Also, keep in mind that often a slightly higher cost means better quality. Try looking for a name brand. Overall, higher quality shoes tend to last longer and provide a better shoe experience.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as boating accessories at http://www.boatingaccessoriesplus.com
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