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:

  • Grips - As most sailing boots do offer, ensure that the boots have a good tread on the soles and they are non-skid. Boots with no grip on-board a wet deck is a disaster waiting to happen...
  • Snug Fit - Your sailing boots need to essentially fit your feet like a glove, they should be snug and tight around the top so water can't easily get in, yet not so tight that they restrict movement. Some sailing boots are fitted with high laces or drawstrings which helps to achieve that perfect snug fit at the top.
  • Quick Drying - In a marine environment, it's inevitable that you're going to get wet at some point so you need to ensure that your boots are waterproof so the lining of the boots dry out easily.
The Material

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;

  • Nubuck Leather - With a downy appearance, Nubuck leather has been sanded or buffed on the grain side or outside to achieve this suede like finish. They offer excellent resistant to wear and have an increased strength and thickness as opposed to traditional leather.
  • Full-grain Leather - Using the strongest and most durable part of the hide of an animal, Full-Grain leather offers just as much strength and durability as Nubuck leather. It's an ideal choice for sailing boots as it's robust, resistant to wear and it's easy to clean off by using a damp sponge and rinsing off in clean water if exposed to salty water.
Mylor Chandlery Sailing Boots

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!

Post By Nicole Sage