Everybody who has ever gone sailing knows the unpleasant feeling of having wet feet in their shoes or boots. In addition to not being very pleasant this can also pose problems in terms of keeping your balance. Wet feet tend to slip inside shoes or boots. Here are a few useful tips to keep your feet dry while you’re sailing.
GOOD IDEAS FOR KEEPING YOUR FEET DRY THAT…DON’T WORK:
First thing’s first, it’s very important to identify what might be theoretically a good idea but in reality turns out to be far from useful or even creates problems.
Putting on several pairs of socks: two layers won’t take much longer to get wet. However, they’ll take longer to dry. So your feet will be wet for longer.
What’s more, you should reduce the thickness under your feet as much as possible to ensure greater sensitivity and therefore better balance.
OLD WIVES’ TIPS:
You could, of course, wrap your feet in plastic bags over each sock (if they’re made of synthetic material they’ll dry quickly) and that would protect them from external moisture, but the heat of your feet will create condensation and they will slip inside your boots or shoes.
There’s another idea to avoid losing sticking inside your shoes. This involves wearing tights under your socks. That way your feet would stay dry and wouldn’t slide around inside your shoes or boots.
You can also put waterproof neoprene socks under your boots or shoes like very thin surf boots (maximum 2mm thick). Old wives’ surfing tips.
WHAT ABOUT LOOKING AT BOAT SHOES AND SAILING BOOTS?
There are deck shoes made of materials that are resistant to seawater and benefiting from good water removal and which also dry quickly.
Their grip and lightness make them very comfortable, making them ideal for regattas in fine weather.
The drawback with shoes is that they however quickly they dry out they’ll always remain slightly wet if it rains.
Rubber boots are 100% waterproof. However, they aren’t good at all in terms of breathability. They protect your feet from water coming in but also prevent evacuation of the moisture created by sweating or condensation.
Just like sailing jackets, today’s boots are the subject of an ever-increasing amount of research with waterproofing and breathability given equal importance. Their micro-striated rubber soles ensure your stability isn’t forgotten.
The waterproofing / breathability boots approved during the Vendée Globe :
Tanguy De Lamotte, our technical partner, tested them throughout the most dangerous sailing race: the Vendée Globe.
If you let the bottoms of your salopettes cover your boots, this will stop water from penetrating higher up with the adjustable Velcro strips at ankle level supporting this waterproofing.
If you put them inside, adjusting at the top of the boots and the instep will maintain the waterproofing.
Do you have any ideas? Feel free to share your tips about keeping feet dry when yacht sailing by leaving a comment.