Boat boots : here are the best 8 models you wear even in the city

Dubarry Ultima ExtraFit boots worn on board
Dubarry Ultima ExtraFit boots worn on board

What if boat boots became the new fashion this winter? They have all the right characteristics. First and foremost, they are technical footwear that provide waterproofing and thermal protection that ordinary boots dream of. What’s more, they have unusual shapes, designs and colors that attract attention and can become a trend. As has been the case in the past with other garments created for boating and sailing. One over all the cousins, the boat shoes. Boat boots have evolved in recent years, as you can see in the models we present. They range from the great classics to innovative products that use the latest materials.

Everyone knows that in order not to be cold, it is important to have “head and feet warm,” so in addition to a sailor hat, boots will be the ones to keep you warm during the cold season. Plus, in addition to keeping your feet warm, boat boots also keep them super dry! The models can be divided into two categories: a pair of “hardcore” boat boots or those already born for dual boat/city use. In the first case you will choose from super-technical, ergonomic models made of technological materials that are very light but very functional, perhaps without necessarily reaching Musto’s ocean-sailing model, but coming close. If, on the other hand, you want an ambivalent pair of shoes that you can wear during rainy days in the city, you’ll be looking for boots with a more classic look, though still made of refined materials, such as Helly Hansen’s Midsund. Here we have collected eight of the best models, trying to think of both possible uses you might put them to. And are you more of a classic boot or an ultra-modern boot?

Boat Boots – Musto – GTX Ocean Racer

Musto - GTX Ocean Racer
Musto – GTX Ocean Racer

Boots designed to cope with the most difficult conditions that can arise at sea, such as during an ocean crossing. Musto Ocean Racers have a waterproof Gore-Tex outer membrane, upper and gaiter are made of Cordura for strength and protection. The GripFlex tread increases grip and prevents slipping, while the tongue and unique lacing system allow the boots to be worn comfortably.


Boat Boots – Dubarry – Ultima ExtraFit Sailing Boot

Dubarry - Ultima ExtraFit Sailing Boot
Dubarry – Ultima ExtraFit Sailing Boot

A brand that everyone knows in the sailing world, perhaps the quintessential sailing boot. Dubarry ‘s Ultima are perfect on the boat but stylish off the boat as well, because they are made entirely of leather. Waterproof and breathable, they become even more durable and elastic when they come into contact with salt water. The Gore-Tex lining provides waterproofing and thermal insulation, while the non-marking sole keeps you firmly on deck.


Boat Boots – Helly Hansen – Midsund 3

Helly Hansen - Midsund boots
Helly Hansen – Midsund

This model is designed for mixed use on a variety of occasions, not just aboard a boat. From hiking to use as an after-ski boot to simple everyday use as a rain footwear. They are fully waterproof and windproof, have an Eva Comfort footbed and a vulcanized rubber outsole that allows them to adhere perfectly even to wet surfaces.


Boat Boots – Tribord – Sailing 900 Boots

Tribord - BootsSailing 900
Tribord – BootsSailing 900

Waterproof, close-fitting and breathable, Decathlon ‘s sailing boots are designed to offer excellent performance at a competitive price. Usable for cruising as well as racing, they are made of polyester with leather inserts on the upper to provide a good fit and durability. The forefoot and heel are strong and reinforced to better wrap around the foot, while the outsole is made of white non-marking rubber.


Zhik – ZK Seaboot 900

Zhik - ZK Seaboot 900
Zhik – ZK Seaboot 900

Rubber and neoprene construction with sealed seams allows these boots from Zhik to have a virtually watertight, waterproof and insulating seal. They offer great support during the fit, allowing the wearer to move with confidence thanks to reinforcements placed on the heel and arch and the high-grip sole. It is an ultra-high performance offshore and ocean sailing model proven by Ocean Race crews.


Plastimo – Cruising Boots

Plastimo - Cruising Boots
Plastimo – Cruising Boots

The Cruising model comes from Plastimo ‘s XM collection of nautical clothing. They are made of natural rubber, with a non-slip rubber outsole and water drainage channels. Inside, they have a hygienic insole and have rubber reinforcements at the most frequently stressed points, instep, big toe and heel. Practical, comfortable and lightweight, they can be worn without any problems even for walks in rainy weather.


Sea Storm – Pro Racer Boot

Sea Storm - Pro Racer Boot
Sea Storm – Pro Racer Boot

These Sea Storm boots have a greased leather upper in the front and back areas, while the upper area is grained leather to provide a soft and comfortable fit. Inside we find a heat-taped Sympatex lining, which makes the boot breathable and waterproof. The sole is made of non-slip rubber with a Drainage System design that keeps you from slipping even on wet surfaces or in the rain.


Boat Boots – Gill – Offshore Boot

Gill - OffshoreBoot
Gill – OffshoreBoot

The inside of these boots is 3-millimeter-thick thermal neoprene, which means your foot in here will always stay comfortable and warm. Gill ‘s patented large three-layer Xplore+ gaiter and elastic lanyard also ensure waterproofing. Heel, instep and toe are reinforced while the sole is slip-resistant, non-marking and draining. It is a product designed for those who do regattas and are looking for a long-term reliable product.

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