You could call this the ultimate smell test. Want to know the favorite boat shoes of Boating’s editors? Take a whiff, or at least a look, at what we wore during our fall boat tests.
Reef Leather Fannings ($51, dogfunk.com)
Worn them since: Summer 2006
Why they’re my faves: They hold my foot snugly and fit the length perfectly. Support at the arch and around the heel makes them comfortable. In spite of a few hundred dunkings at the launch ramp, they still hold together.
Way better than: Closed shoes are too hot in the South. Half the time I flip my flops in a compartment and go barefoot until my feet get tired of the hard deck.
Moment of truth: When I dig through my closet, pulling out all manner of boat shoes, to grab the Reefs for a boating weekend.
On the other...hand: There’s a bottle cap puller in the sole. (I use it sparingly since our dogs roam the yard.) Though it hasn’t damaged my boat’s deck, I wish they’d make these sandals without it. — Randy Vance