The Best Sailing Shoes From Dubarry of Ireland

By  Matthew Crowe  -  27 May 2024

Sailing is not just a sport, it's a lifestyle. Our shoes are designed with sailing enthusiasts in mind, making them the perfect choice for anyone who spends time out on the water. Whether you're looking for sailing boots, deck shoes, or trainers, we have you covered.

Sailing Boots

Let's start with our sailing boots, being the preferred option of some of the leading sailors and sailing teams in the world and are regularly worn in offshore competitions like the Ocean Race as well as inshore sailing events around the globe. These boots are made from high-quality materials that are designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the sea.

Dubarry sailing boots are waterproof and breathable, which means that your feet will stay dry and comfortable no matter the weather. The boots also feature a NonSlip-NonMarking™ rubber outsole, which provides excellent grip on wet surfaces. This grip used in our patented NonSlip-NonMarking™ rubber outsole is also applied on Formula 1 car tyres. So whether you're navigating choppy waters or walking on a slippery deck, these boots will keep you safe and comfortable.


  • GORE-TEX lined - Making the boots Waterproof and Breathable
  • DryFast-DrySoft™ leathers
  • ExtraFit™ Versions are also available
  • NonSlip-NonMarking™ rubber outsole

Deck Shoes

Moving on to our iconic deck shoes, these shoes are a great choice for sailors. Our boat shoes are made from high-quality leather, which makes them both durable and stylish. They feature our award winning patented rubber outsole NonSlip-NonMarking™ design , which provides excellent grip on wet surfaces. Dubarry deck shoes are also waterproof and have a water-resistant finish, which means that your feet will stay dry and comfortable no matter the weather. These shoes, with  signature port and starboard flash details, are perfect for your sailing adventures and versatile enough to wear ashore as part of you summer outfit.


  • Hand Stitched
  • DryFast-DrySoft™ leather
  • NonSlip-NonMarking™ rubber outsole
  • Port and Starboard flash details
  • All-round leather lacing for a snug and comfortable fit

Sailing Trainers

Finally, let's explore our trainers. Our sailing trainers are perfect for anyone who is after a sporty look. Dubarry’s trainers are lightweight, flexible, breathable, and crafted from high-quality materials. This makes them both comfortable and durable. They feature a NonSlip-NonMarking™ rubber outsole, which provides excellent grip on the boat deck while rapid water drainage technology prevents aquaplaning. These trainers are perfect for sailing, but they also make a great choice for everyday wear.


  • Lightweight sole with EVA midsole
  • Quick Drying
  • Breathable
  • NonSlip-NonMarking™ rubber outsole 
  • Unisex styles available in different colours

Best Sailing Shoes:FAQ

Wondering what the best sailing footwear is to wear on deck, if you have to wear socks with your deck shoes, or whether there is a difference between deck shoes and boat shoes? Look no further. Below, you'll find answers to our frequently asked questions about deck shoes, sailing trainers, and sailing boots.

What are the best shoes to wear on a yacht?

For superior performance and stability traction, opt for either the Regatta or Auckland. These deck shoes feature a cup sole design. Flat sole deck shoes offer optimal grip on the boat deck. Dubarry offer flat sole deck shoe models such as Aruba and Port Moccasin. For casual sailing, boating, and on the dock wear, we suggest a loafer or slip-on deck shoe, prioritising comfort over a snug fit. In performance sailing situations, we recommend sailing trainers such as Palermo or Sydney.

What kind of shoes do sailors wear?

The shoes sailors wear depend on the purpose. If you are into performance sailing, we recommend sailing trainers or regattas. However, if you enjoy leisurely sailing, deck shoes are more likely to be your preferred option.

What is the difference between deck shoes and boat shoes?

There is no real difference between a "Deck Shoe" and a "Boat Shoe" apart from the name itself. In the UK, we refer to boat shoes as deck shoes. Meanwhile, in the US and Continental Europe, deck shoes are referred to as boat shoes.

Are boat shoes meant to be worn in socks?

Whether you wear socks with your deck or boat shoes is entirely up to personal preference. Some will wear decks with socks while others won’t. Those who do wear decks with socks generally use socks that are shorter than trainer socks.

Conclusion: Best Sailing Shoes

In conclusion, if you're a sailing enthusiast, our extensive footwear range is the perfect choice for you. Our footwear range is designed with the harsh conditions of the sea in mind, making them durable, comfortable, and stylish. So why not invest in a pair of our sailing boots, trainers or decks today and experience the difference for yourself?

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