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Old 22 July 2013, 10:53   #91
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I think crocks are the best because they are a bit soft so they are working as "suspension: too. I have also crock boots for the winter and they are perfect. (only problem they dont like petrol.. they melt
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Old 22 July 2013, 10:56   #92
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An old pair of knackered trainers , does'nt matter what I have on I'll still fall over on the beach getting out of the boat, lol
Not anymore, now you've got dat der Cobra you need to smarten up a touch, with 3 lads at home you must be able to borrow summat to match the blue tubes

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calm down Nat, there won't be owt like that on the Mersey
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Old 22 July 2013, 12:12   #93
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There is a good reason not to wear crocs when its sunny
Those are the beginnings of scale growth as per crocodile skin. It means you're at one with your shoe.
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Old 22 July 2013, 13:38   #94
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There is a good reason not to wear crocs when its sunny
Just remember to put sunscreen on your feet
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Old 22 July 2013, 14:01   #95
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Been out in my new Crocs this weekend as it goes, and I love 'em! (Ordered before this thread even started)

http://www.crocs.co.uk/crocs-yukon/1...footwear-clogs

No grip issues at all, not on a fairly bouncy crossing from Caernarfon to Ty Coch, nor at the bar of the Ty Coch Inn! Excellent summer boat/beach shoe IMHO, just don't wear em round town on a Saturday night and expect admiring glances.
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Just remember to put sunscreen on your feet
Cream and rubber. Umm!
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90% of the time - welles. I also carry wetsuit boots onboard for launching and retrieving.
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Old 23 July 2013, 10:45   #98
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I take a common sense approach to footwear on the rib, based on what I'm likely to be doing.

Slow cruising up and down the Hamble - flipflops

Extreme ribbing smashing into the wash of 60 footers - Dubarry Regattas

I've been a bit nerdy with regards to this. As I know from experience on our old Searider 5.4m that 'slipping off the helm' can be a painful and dangerous experience.

The Dubarry shoe has a footbed that your foot sits into, rather than one that sits 'ontop' on the sole. This means that is has a lot more sideways support. Additionally, one of the magazines tested these a few years ago, along with all of the decent deck shoes. They had the grippiest sole. So, I figure, this will give me the best chance of grip. Incidentally, washing the decks of 'dust' before going out also increases grip.

In the past 9 years of blasting around I've not lost grip.......(result)

I've tried driving fast in flipflops and I find that the soles can 'slip out' and this is a bit unsettling on the helm. To counteract this, I tried some Dubarry flipflops with a proper grippy sole. They didn't lose grip, however, the flip-flop didn't offer enough sideways support. This meant that whilst the flipflop would stay put on the deck, my foot would slide out of the flip-flop. So now I simply don't bother with flipflops, as IMHO, it's not worth the risk.

Go slow = flipflops Go fast = deck shoes
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I can confirm that following a trial in my lounge these are the comfiest piece of footwear I've ever come across! I nearly wore them to work.

Sea trials on Saturday!
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I can confirm that following a trial in my lounge these are the comfiest piece of footwear I've ever come across! I nearly wore them to work.

Sea trials on Saturday!
'til you walk up a stony beach.
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