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Walking on Water
By Elizabeth Ginns Britten — July 2004
In all the years I’ve been boating, I’ve never owned a pair of moccasin-style boat shoes comfortable enough to wear everyday. Thanks to Dubarry of Ireland, which has been designing “high-performance shoes to handle the elements in comfort since 1930,” I think I’ve found a pair.
The company’s latest addition to its Maldives line of women’s boat shoes was developed with a female’s foot in mind, and it shows; I didn’t break in my pair before wearing them for a weekend, yet I felt I could’ve walked for miles. That’s because of a double-stitched, wraparound sole that provides cushy support for feet and toes. More important, when my shoes got wet, they dried within minutes, thanks to the water-resistant, low-absorbing, and dry-fast technology of the Pittards leather, which reportedly also helps them maintain their shape over time. Like most boat shoes, they also feature a nonslip, nonmarking rubber outsole for enhanced traction underway.
Dubarry offers five ladies’ styles, ten men’s styles, and four unisex boot styles. Call the company for pricing or a catalog.
Dubarry North America Phone: (860) 767-0468. www.dubarryna.com.
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This article originally appeared in the June 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.