Walk on

Fall is upon us. The leaves are turning, kids are gearing up for school, and if you’re anything like us, your thoughts are turning to shopping for your next vessel at one of the many upcoming boat shows. From Newport this month to Fort Lauderdale the next, there’s a whole lot of ground to cover when you’re a boat-show junkie, which means there’s also a whole lot of potential for serious foot fatigue. That’s why we’re bringing you the newest in boat- and boat show-friendly footwear, from dressier pairs suitable for more formal events to casual sandals that keep your toes protected. Because when your feet are cool, dry, and comfortable, you’re much better able to focus on finding that perfect new boat. Happy hoofing, everyone.

Operation Comfort

OTB’s Leader shoe has the same nonskid outsole worn by Navy SEALS conducting beach operations. Better yet, it features a breathable mesh upper and slips on and off with ease.

($89.95; www.otbboots.com)

A Smarter Sandal

If your feet are begging for a sandal, check out Keen’s new Waimea H2. It’s lightweight, protects your toes, and has nonskid soles.

($50; www.keenfootwear.com)

Fancy Feet

Whether for a christening or a cocktail party, sometimes boat shows call for dressy attire. Enter Sperry’s new Marilee Mule, a business-appropriate, non-marking model for more elegant affairs.

($98; www.sperrytopsider.com)

Classic Redux

The traditional look of this slip-on belies some serious technology, like a Techlite footbed that’s so airy, Columbia calls the Marinetech its “barefoot boat shoe.”

(approx. $65; www.columbia.com)

This article originally appeared in the August 2009 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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