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Old 02-05-2014, 11:35 AM   #1
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Question DECK Boots

A couple of questions for those of you in the commercial industry or guys that have researched this in the past. Looking to purchase a pair of Deck Boots or deck shoes for an upcoming trip on a two night head boat out of the Keys, The Yankee Capts.

I am in Michigan so access to these items is harder for me. I just had a pair of Rugged Shark's mailed in from Bass Pro, tried them on, and i didn't like the fit (width was narrow).

Does anyone have recommendations for Deck Boots/Shoes that they can offer?

I usually am on my feet for 98% of the time, and i don't expect that to change. Boat leaves at 11:00 am on Tuesday and returns Thursday afternoon.

I have tried crocs and tennis shoes in the past, but the arch support is insufficient. I am NOT a little guy...
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:05 PM   #2
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Having been a commercial lobsterman In Massachusetts for over 20 years I used the summer version of Muck Boots that were short. They were very comfortable and make sure you get the thin one and not the cold weather type. The boots should be short, thin and make sure they are a little over size so you can kick them off in the event of a sinking or being washed overboard. Just because the boat floats doesn't mean you can't end up in the water. I've lost several friends from being taken over board and the boat returns to shore minus the man. I'm not trying to be a doom and gloomer but comfort and safety need to have a balance. Never wear a pair of boots that are tight or need a little shove to get in. Stay safe. Mike
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I use a pair of Servus boots, cheap like 30 bucks or so. I just put an orthopedic insert in them and they are comfortable to stand in all day.

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I bought a pair of the $19.99 Stone Creek white shrimp boots at Academy. Wore them on an all day winter tuna trip and they were very comfortable. Fit was slightly loose but a pair of merino wool socks made it perfect. Soles are non marking and have good wet deck traction.
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I got a pair of Marlin deck boots from tackle direct for $25. They are molded like crocs, super comfortable and light. I'd guess lighter than 1 lb for both together (mine are size 13). I've had them for two years, worn pretty frequently during the winter and they've held up great. Did I mention they're comfortable? They soak up rough seas!
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