Top­siders and shrimper’s boots aren’t the only op­tions for keep­ing your feet con­nected to a slip­pery deck. Check out these three pairs of sneak­ers de­signed for ma­rine use. —Pete McDon­ald

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THE GRIP: The most stylish of the three choices, Helly Hansen shoes sport a de­cou­pled flex­i­ble rub­ber tread with a grippy non­slip pat­tern and sip­ing to fun­nel away water. The tread is also non­mark­ing. The lightweight, breath­able mesh body dries quickly and pro­vides sup­port while tran­sit­ing a deck un­der­way. The in­sole is an­timi­cro­bial to pre­vent odor.

THE SLIP: The most ex­pen­sive of the trio of­fers only two color choices.

PRICE: $110; helly­


THE GRIP: De­signed for an­glers, these shoes are re­in­forced in the toe, an­kle and fore­foot ar­eas to help pro­vide sta­bil­ity. They are still in­cred­i­bly light, with a grooved tread that fun­nels away water while pro­vid­ing trac­tion on-deck. The bulky, non­mark­ing tread also fea­tures three slots in the fore­foot to flow water away from the shoe. The re­mov­able Trileon in­sole acts like a shock ab­sorber.

THE SLIP: The tread is bulkier than the oth­ers.

PRICE: $99.95;


THE GRIP: These are a long way from the orig­i­nal Crocs, adding style to the brand’s renowned com­fort. The soles and treads are made from cush­iony closed-cell foam that is also ex­tremely lightweight. The breath­able plas­tic body of the shoe is also lightweight and made for wet con­di­tions, like all Crocs, and is so soft that there is no break-in pe­riod. Put them on and go.

THE SLIP: While ex­tremely lightweight, they’re not as sup­port­ive as the oth­ers.

PRICE: $59.99;

F-1 Siped rub­ber soles fun­nel away water FIN 3.0 Shock-ab­sorb­ing tread is slip-re­sis­tant PACER Light, airy and su­per com­fort­able

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