As we've covered, a yacht deck can get quite slippery. And since being on a boat is already unsteady at times, with the added slippery floor, it can become outright dangerous. That is why a good, non-slip outsole is advised. While all classic boat shoes have that type of sole, your everyday Timberland trainers may also be enough. Just check that the sole is rubber and doesn't slide around on different surfaces.
Water resistance is the final element that will ensure smooth sailing (figuratively and metaphorically). There is nothing worse than having cold, wet feet the entire journey. For that purpose, consider wearing leather shoes (but not leather soles), or at the very least, canvas shoes that will dry quickly.
How to Tie Boat Shoes
For someone who owns a boat or goes yachting regularly, it's best to own a specialised pair of boat shoes, such as the Timberland Classic Boat Shoes. These shoes, specially made for sailing, will ensure your safety on board while cushioning your feet during long journeys.
If you already own a pair of boat shoes, you may also want to learn the best way to tie them to ensure maximum comfort and safety. A good knot guarantees the shoe stays on your feet, even during rocky waters. And a good knot can be fashionable as well as functional. Some examples of that are the Chain Knot, the Barrel Knot, and the Tassel Knot.
The most common and easiest knot to secure boat shoes (as well as work and hiking boots) is the Surgeon's Knot. Start by tying the shoelaces as you would typically, looping one over the other. Then continue with creating two "bunny ears". However, before you pull both sides tight, put one of the "ears" through the knot again, and then pull both sides tight. This method ensures the laces won't loosen up over time.