Trying to find a comfy, sturdy and robust pair of sailing boots can be a minefield if you don't know what you're looking for. With so many different brands and types of sailing boots on the market, the first question on everyone's lips is, how do you know what the best boots for sailing are? There are many different factors to look for when you're purchasing a pair for sailing, and this is totally dependent on your needs and habits, so some boots may be suited more to some people than others. Ultimately, getting the right pair of sailing boots is key to your safety, comfort and success at sea, they can really make a difference to your protective clothing and will protect your feet from the wet and cold. If you're not sure what you're looking for or need a nudge in the right direction, here are some of our top tips that will help make selecting sailing boots that bit easier.
The Right Fit
As you would expect from any pair of shoes, sailing boots need to provide the right, secure fit, this is a much more important factor to consider with sailing boots, as you'll end up with sore, wet and potentially hazardous boots if they are ill fitting. When trying on boots there are a few things that you need to mentally tick off:
Sailing boots are made from a variety of different materials, that mostly all possess the excellent qualities that you would expect from a pair of sailing boots. Leather sailing boots are the most common choice, as these have usually been treated so they offer salt water resistance which makes the boots water repellent, this helps to reduce water absorption and speed up drying time. This is an advantageous feature if you spend a lot of time at sea. The two most common leathers used for sailing boots are;
We know a great sailing boot when we see it which is why we offer the Dubarry Ultima Sailing Boots for men and women. These are a great all rounder pair of boots that are made from an all leather Gore-tex lining which offers additional warmth and protection against adverse weather conditions. These are an incredibly popular pair of sailing boots for both leisure sailors and racers. These boots also boast a non slip and non marking sole for additional comfort and pressure relief. Don't forget to have a look at our full range of sailing boots for some other great brands!
As long as your sailing boots are comfortable, offer exceptional grip and protection, you'll have found your perfect sailing boots. Do you have any other tips for choosing the right sailing boots? Do let us know on the Mylor Chandlery Facebook page,Google + and Twitter!