If you love spending time on or in the water, you may have already come across water shoes or sailing boots; those rubber, neoprene or mesh shoes designed to get wet and withstand salt water. But not all sailing boots or shoes are created equal, so below we answer all your burning questions about water shoes and sailing boots.
What are Water Shoes?
Water shoes are footwear designed to be worn in and around water. They are typically made of materials that can get dry faster than a regular pair of sneakers or boots, like neoprene, mesh, or rubber. They are designed to help you stay steady and keep your grip on slippery surfaces such as boat ramps or mossy rocks. In addition to that, they shield your feet from sharp rocks and other hazards, and allow you to move in the water like you were born in it! Water shoes will not keep your feet dry, they are designed to be fully submerged in water and be worn wet.What are Sailing Boots?
Sailing boots are a type of water-resistant footwear designed specifically for sailors, although paddlers and other watersports enthusiasts often wear sailing boots too. They are made of materials such as rubber or other non-woven modern engineered materials that keep your feet protected, or in some cases dry. Tall ocean sailing boots typically come up to your mid-calf or higher, providing extra protection from the water, but are harder to move around in for sailors who need to be agile. Performance sailing shoes typically finish above or at the ankle, which allows high performance sailors to compete at a high level without restricting movement. Sailing boots and sailing shoes have non-slip soles to help you keep your footing on a wet deck.
What are the Uses of Water Shoes and Sailing Boots?
Water shoes and sailing boots are versatile footwear that can be used in a variety of water-related activities. Here are some of the most common uses:
- Sailing - Sailing boots are an essential part of any sailor's gear. They provide protection from the water and help you maintain your footing on a wet deck.
- Swimming - Water shoes can provide added traction and protection for swimmers in an ocean pool or open water.
- Beach Walking - Walking on the beach can be uncomfortable, especially if you step on a rock or shell. Water shoes can help protect your feet from these hazards.
- Paddle Sports - If you enjoy kayaking, canoeing, or stand-up paddleboarding, water shoes can help you maintain your footing on a wet boat or dock.
- Fishing - Water shoes with non-slip soles can help prevent slips and falls while fishing on a wet dock or boat.
Do You Wear Socks with Water Shoes?
It is not necessary to wear socks with water shoes, but some people prefer to do so for added comfort. If you do wear socks, choose ones made of quick-drying materials such as synthetic fibres or microfleece. Avoid cotton socks, as they tend to stay wet and can cause blisters. Vaikobi’s range of sailing boots and water shoes do not require socks to be worn underneath because they are finished inside with a comfortable smooth neoprene.
How to Clean Sailing Boots
Sailing boots can get stinky over time if you use them frequently and don’t dry them out between uses. We have created a quick guide on how to maintain your sailing boots:
- Rinse with fresh water - After each use, rinse your boots with fresh water to remove any salt, sand, or dirt from the zippers.
- Use mild soap - If your boots are particularly dirty, use mild soap or detergent to clean them. Avoid harsh cleaners or bleach, as they can damage the material.
- Air dry - Allow your boots to air dry completely before storing them. It is important to note that using a heat source for drying, such as a dryer, might damage the material, which your shoes do not deserve! Once the boots are dry, remove them from the sun to prevent fading.
So there you have it, water shoes and sailing boots are an essential part of any water lover's gear. They provide protection, grip and comfort, making your time in and around water more enjoyable. Whether you're swimming, sailing, fishing, or just walking on the beach, water shoes and sailing boots are a must-have item.
Check out Vaikobi’s sailing boots and water shoes to find the perfect pair for your next adventure!