Boating - - BOAT DOCTOR -

One of the first things we do with a boat shoe is walk in the water with it. Our demo re­vealed the wet shoe opened up a lit­tle more than the dry shoe. It cra­dled the foot in a foam pad per­fo­rated to let water drain to the bot­tom, but not out.

Nubuck and split leather are hand-stitched to join the up­per and mid­sole leather, which is then bonded to the rub­ber sole. In­side, a su­per-soft three­quar­ter-length leather in­sole adds cush­ion­ing and breatha­bil­ity to the foam foot bed. Eye­lets are an­tique brass. You can cus­tom­ize your shoe with leather color com­bi­na­tions for up­per, trim and in­sole for $120. Make them match your boat if you like. DRAINAGE: These shoes didn’t drain but dried al­most com­pletely in an hour be­cause the oiled leather didn't ab­sorb water. TRAC­TION DRY: 40 de­grees TRAC­TION WET: 35 de­grees DUNK AND DRY, 1 HOUR: 2% DUNK AND DRY, 2 HOURS:


SIZES: Half-sizes from 6 to 10, wide through 15.

COST: $95; timberland.com

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