This may look like an old-school Sperry style, but don't be fooled: The new Gold Cup Toggle ($160) has been updated with some serious bling: 18K-gold-plated eyelets that won't corrode in the face of spray and salt. Now just because it's got real sartorial panache doesn't mean the Gold Cup skimps when it comes to performance. It has a triple-density, memory foam footbed and a nonmarking rubber outsole for wet and dry traction.
Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy spending time on both the trail and the water would be well served to take a look at the new Aquatooth shoe ($75) from Columbia Sportswear. This "amphibious" athletic shoe has a stretch, mesh upper for drainage and ventilation and supportive, quick-drying overlays to keep your feet in place no matter how wet things get. Not convinced that the Columbia team thought of everything? Chew on this: It included an "Omni-Fresh" footbed with antimicrobial, antiodor treatment to help keep your damp feet smell-free.
Craig Wallace Dale
In order to function, anchors are supposed to be fairly weighty, right? Well, not according to the shoe gurus at Maui Surf Company. They opted to name their newest boat shoe style Anchor—not because it's hefty, but because they're confident it'll hold wearers firmly in place. This 10-ounce lightweight features waterproof leather and a nylon lacing system meant to ensure a snug custom fit. The Anchor carries a list price of $70.
Maui Surf Company
Slip, Don't Slide
There's one time when a slip-on shoe can be particularly handy: the boat show. Let's face it, it's no fun to wrestle with your footwear every time you want to hop onboard and check out a new boat. Enter the new Wave Slide for women from Sebago ($80). It slips on and off with ease (boat show fans rejoice!), but that doesn"t mean it'll let you slide around when it's time to head out to sea. That's because the Wave Slide features Sebago's slip-resistant, nonmarking "OctoPod" sole. And with its compression-molded antimicrobial midsole and breathable mesh surround, this shoe will leave your feet cool and comfortable at boat shows and beyond.
This article originally appeared in the August 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.