Irish Setter Lakeside
Style: Rugged leather, oxford
Sole: Rugged, siped
Best Application: Cool-weather cruising, inland fishing, street casual, boat shows
Top Line: This is a good-looking lace-up shoe for street or rugged boating. It’s durable with good arch support and has decent traction on deck, dock or trail.
Wins: Uncompromising tread and sipes were grippy in our jog test. It dried fast even though it drained poorly; its leather construction and removable insole absorbed little water. The treads did not scuff.
Losses: Faster drainage would have put this shoe in the top three.
Finish Line: Its sturdy design and robust looks make a great statement for Northern boaters, and its overall score was lowered strictly due to its slow drainage.