Get a Grip: Sperry Kingfisher
To serve as the test object, we chose a deck shoe — not any shoe, mind you, but the winner of our BoatingLAB “Boat Kicks” comparison. The Sperry ASV Kingfisher ($140/pair, sperrytopsider.com) features Sperry’s famous Wave Siping rubber outsole for traction on wet and dry surfaces. The fine tread squeegees away water without picking up grit that can scratch the deck. Of 11 boat shoes we tested, it gripped best on wet surfaces, making it an obvious selection for our nonskid comparison. The Kingfisher also features the ASV-cushioned sole to dampen shock and vibration, and its low-absorbent, quick-drying material helps keep feet dry. It is available in gray and white, in men’s sizes 7-13. Our test shoe was size 11.