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Sailing shoes are a great option for boat trips, when looking at buying a pair of sailing shoes, there are a few things to consider. This article will demonstrate some of these considerations before then giving 5 of the best sailing shoes, currently on the market.

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Traditional vs Modern Sailing Shoes

Some of this can simply come down to personal preference and style. Traditional tend to be moccasin style smart boat shoes, whereas modern styles look more like trainers. There are pros and cons to each…


Traditional shoes tend to be made from leather or suede that has been treated to ensure it’s waterproof. Modern styles tend to be made of synthetic waterproof materials. Both styles will tend to feature flat soles which will provide great traction on what could be wet, slippery surfaces! You don’t want to fall overboard so a pair of shoes with a good non-grip sole are a must! No mark soles are also a good feature. A lot of boat decks can be very difficult to clean due to having special grip paint coatings. Leaving marks on the deck of a boat could be seen by some to be some sort of unspoken sin!

What are the Best Sailing Shoes to buy?

Now let’s move onto our top 5 of the best sailing shoes currently on the market.

Helly Hansen Men’s Ahiga V4 Hydropower Sailing Shoes

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These are priced from £64 – £85 and available in several different colours and in sizes 6.5-11. These are lightweight, breathable, quick drying trainers. These feature the special ‘HellyGrip’ sole to ensure safety on slippery wet surfaces. 

Adidas Unisex-Adults Climacool Boat Lace Shoes

Second is another modern shoe from Adidas. These could be ideal for the younger, sporty, trendsetters who like their well known brands! They are available here:

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These are available in three trendy colours, priced from £81.20-£91.84 and available in sizes 7-10.5. These are made of a quick drying synthetic upper material for comfort. This material also features a special ‘Climacool’ coating for further breathability and comfort. The sole is a ‘Traxion’ sole for expert level grip.

Quayside Sydney Men’s Deck Shoe

Next we have a more traditional style of shoe with Quaysides deck shoe:

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These are priced from £81.20-£91.84 depending on colour and size. These are available in sizes 5-13 and while they are described as being for men, I think based on the colours and sizes available, these could easily be a great unisex option. These feature waterproof, leather upper fabric and a great slip-resistant sole. These also feature a flexible footbed for added comfort.

Ebago TRITON THREE-EYE Oxford Men’s Sailing Shoes

Fourth we have the Sebago men’s triton shoe. fering, this shoe has a leather upper. It also features a 360-degree lacing system for comfortability and to ensure these shoes are not going to be slipping off your feet!

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The eyelets of these shoes are corrosive-resistant to ensure protection against rough weather. The sole is non-marking and slip-resistant ensuring safety and finally, these shoes also feature a removable footbed for added arch support and comfort!

SAGUARO Quick Drying Barefoot Shoes for Men

Our final offering is a good budget option with the Saguaro quick-drying barefoot shoes. They are an Anti-Skid Durable show suitable for Pool, Surfing and Sailing.

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These are available in white, black or pink, so are a great unisex option and at only £21.61-£24.21 are also a fantastic bargain buy! The upper of these shoes is made from a lightweight, breathable mesh that allows your feet to breathe, preventing sweat and also allowing quick water drainage, ensuring your feet stay warm, dry and comfortable! The sole is made from non-slip rubber to ensure safety.

There we have it, our top 5 offerings from the sailing shoes currently available on the market. Whether you’re looking for a more traditional type of shoe or something more modern and sporty, there’s something featured here to suit everyone – and also every price point!

The most important thing is to go for the style that you will feel most comfortable in and get the most use out of, while looking for the key features of them being lightweight, breathable, quick-drying and with a non-slip sole!

You might also like to read about finding a sailing wetsuit.

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