Boating - - BOAT DOCTOR -

These were stiff out of the box, but the wet­ted shoe in our test proved more sup­ple and com­fort­able than the untested one. That’s a tes­ta­ment to the leather qual­ity and the de­sired char­ac­ter­is­tic of boat shoes — stand­ing up to water for years. From our ex­pe­ri­ence with boat shoes, these will weather nicely hug­ging the foot. We agree with the man­u­fac­turer: Or­der a half-size over your nor­mal shoe size.

Ital­ian leather up­pers are hand­sewn to a durable siped out­sole.

The foot bed is cork-lined be­neath a fast-dry­ing closed-cell foam in­sole. The eye­lets are of Swiss stain­less steel. Fresh from the box, the leather is stiff but fin­ished in a way to mold to your feet as the shoes age. The rub­ber soles are sticky on smooth sur­faces. They are avail­able in black, dark brown, bis­cuit navy, pa­prika, white and mid­brown.

DRAINAGE: These shoes didn’t drain, but the oiled leather dried com­pletely in less than an hour.

TRAC­TION DRY: 30 de­grees TRAC­TION WET: 30 de­grees

DUNK AND DRY, 1 HOUR: 0% DUNK AND DRY, 2 HOURS: 0% SIZES: Half-sizes from 7 to 11 medium, plus size 12 medium

COST: $135;

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