Except in winter or during night cruises in bad weather, when boots are the first choice, the right shoes are one of the most important items of clothing for every sailor. They can also be useful in midsummer or in tropical areas to protect your feet from injuries while active sailing.
Even more important than protection is the significantly better hold compared to bare feet. In addition to better grip, the shoes have to be able to do a lot more: The feet should be well ventilated and the shoe must sit comfortably.
This time we tested women's and men's shoes. However, only couples that were explicitly designated as women's models were also tested. If a shoe is designated as a unisex model, the performance of the sole will not change, regardless of whether it is worn by a sailor. Gill, Helly Hansen, Dubarry and TBS were represented in the test field with one men's and one women's shoe. The Musto Dynamic Pro II Adapt is also available as a women's version; the men's version was tested. The Fuze by Zhik is a unisex model, as is the Sunrise II by Lizard.