Put Your Best Foot For­ward

WHAT BET­TER WAY TO PUT SEBAGO’S COL­LEC­TION OF LIGHT­WEIGHT NAU­TI­CAL FOOTWEAR TO THE TEST THAN BY BREAK­ING THEM IN DUR­ING A BOAT SHOW?

Power & Motor Yacht - - NEW BOATS - BY SI­MON MUR­RAY sebago.com

I’m what you might call a fit­ness freak, and even I don’t check the pe­dome­ter on my sport watch reg­u­larly. But I was check­ing it now. It was the sec­ond-to-last day of the Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Boat Show and I was dog-tired. Rac­ing be­tween ap­point­ments for boat tests and un­veil­ings, chris­ten­ing cer­e­monies, videos, more boat tests, prod­uct demos, in­tro­duc­tions, pe­ri­odic so­journs back and forth from Virginia Key to Collins Av­enue to cover Yachts Mi­ami Beach, and hunt­ing down ven­dors that I-swear-weren’t-there-a-sec­ond-ago-but-sud­denly-are-back-the-way-we-came in foot­ball-field­sized tents, I was get­ting a work­out with­out even try­ing.

I looked down at my watch in dis­be­lief. “What does it say?” asked Dig­i­tal Edi­tor John Turner, who had been hoof­ing it along­side me for most of the show. “Ten miles to­day alone—but that can’t be right, can it?” I asked un­de­cid­edly. A vet­eran of the Mi­ami shows, John was mum, pro­duc­ing in­stead a wry smile and a know­ing nod. I sto­ically at­tempted to wipe away the per­spi­ra­tion that had ac­cu­mu­lated on my brow as ca­su­ally as pos­si­ble. What bet­ter way to know a shoe in­ti­mately than to break it in over the course of four days, lug­ging equip­ment and ma­te­ri­als on the docks like a trop­i­cal Sherpa? War­riors, that’s what they are. Cal­cea­menta

bel­la­tor. How do I rate these Two Eye Lite­sides from Sebago’s new col­lec­tion of boat shoes? A solid five, for the five nonex­is­tent blis­ters that didn’t slow me down. Each time I slipped my feet into the pair of $110 gray leather loafers, I au­to­mat­i­cally felt the mem­ory foam footbed spring into ac­tion. And they were su­per light, which is nor­mally a bad sign of things to come, espe­cially af­ter an in­ten­sive first week­end of us­age—I was ex­pect­ing the sole to es­sen­tially evap­o­rate. Not so with these. Flip it over, and the bot­tom uti­lizes a rub­ber out­sole that pro­vides good trac­tion and ex­cel­lent shock ab­sorb­tion.

While the other ed­i­tors sported dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions of the Lite­sides on the docks, John was rock­ing a pair from the Cyphon Sea Sport line. (And for what it’s worth, he re­ally en­joyed them.) I’ll ad­mit, be­fore the test, I was skep­ti­cal of the whole en­ter­prise. I was fully ex­pect­ing to leave Mi­ami, check­ing my pe­dome­ter with dread—oh the pain!—and leav­ing the shoes be­hind. I wore them home.

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