You want to be sure that your feet are comfortable in your shoes – that your toes have enough room to wiggle and that they are just snug enough so they don’t fall off. No matter how many times you try to break in shoes that are too tight or too loose, it just won’t work.
Bigger or smaller
Leather stretches over time. If the boat shoes are made of synthetic materials, stay true to size – these don’t stretch as they are designed to hold their shape. Remember that breaking in your new boat shoes only affects the width (not the length).
Boat shoes shouldn’t look too different from regular shoes, but you want to go for a slightly tighter fit than usual because they will stretch and loosen as you wear them; You’ll often need to go half a size smaller than your normal size, and if you’re between sizes, choose the smaller of the two.
Looking for the short answer? Yes, you should wear socks with Sperrys. For more comfort, your personal health (more on that below) and to extend the life of your shoes, it is recommended to wear socks with Sperrys. At Boardroom Socks, we spent almost a year developing the perfect no-show socks for Sperrys.
The result: an air gap between the skin of the heel and the leather (or other material) in the heel of the shoe. This gap can prevent your heel from pressing securely into the shoe, which can lead to rubbing, blistering, slipping, and eventually even your heel popping out of the shoe.
Sperry boat shoes are made from premium leather and are great for slipping on barefoot. They have a cushioned footbed and a water-resistant finish to keep you comfortable.
Wearing socks with boat shoes provides a layer of protection that helps manage the sweat and moisture that naturally builds up in your shoes. A quality pair of socks will keep your feet comfortable, dry and most importantly healthy.
First of all, boat shoes look great on men when paired with jeans, chinos or shorts. For women, these shoes pair well with cropped or cuffed jeans, but can also be worn with skirts, casual dresses, shorts and khakis.
The upper of the leather boat shoes is water-repellent. Leather on the shoes has special oils to prevent water from penetrating. This makes the shoes good for safety and hygiene as you keep clean, dry feet while boating.
Although not technically waterproof, Sperrys are water-friendly and getting them wet is more than okay (after all, they were designed for slippery boat decks). Your Sperrys can handle water and will eventually dry with a patina that looks even better than it did before soaking (in our humble opinion).
Lubricate your feet frequently
Friction — the frictional motion between foot, sock, and shoe — creates heat and tearing forces, making skin prone to blistering. If you reduce friction, you reduce blisters. One way to reduce friction is to lubricate your feet so they slide instead of rubbing