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Tried and tested: 4 of the best women's boat shoes

Tried and tested: 4 of the best women's boat shoes

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Musto Jetto deck shoes

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Musto Jetto deck shoes

Every sailor should have a good pair of boat shoes in his or her collection. They are an undisputed yachting wardrobe essential but how do you sort the merely stylish from those that will prove their worth when your sailing superyacht is thundering around a regatta course and heeling at an awe-inspiring angle?

To help you out Boat International took a pair of deck shoes from four of the most popular brands to be put through their paces at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous. During the three-day event, the shoes were tested on land and on an array of boats ranging from RIBs and Bradleys to both sailing and motor superyachts. Here's how they got on...

Musto Jetto deck shoes

Style: Probably the most classic boat shoe in our test, Musto's brown leather deck shoes certainly look the part - even if you're not the most experienced sailor. The contrast white stitching is a nice touch and the understated shade means they go with almost everything.

Comfort: Musto's Jetto deck shoes were designed in collaboration with Clark's giving them the added benefit of the brand's patented underfoot cushioning. This combined with supple leather and ties long enough to allow you to adjust tightness means they can't be faulted when it comes to comfort.

On land: Regattas often take place in warm climates and, while it is key that they offer sturdy support while sailing, it's also important that deck shoe designs bear in mind the practicalities of hours-long wear in hot countries. Musto's deck shoes feature Agion, an antimicrobial that prevents the growth of bacteria and fungi. It may not be the sexiest aspect of this shoe but it's one that makes them perfect for sailors and land-based tourists alike.

At sea: As you would expect of a professional sailing wear brand like Musto, a lot of thought has gone in to making its boat shoes as effective on deck as possible. The Jetto features AquaDX, a unique array of channels concealed in the shoe to prevent aquaplaning, slipping and sliding while moving around the yacht. Take it from us - it works.

Jetto deck shoes, £70, Musto

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Dubarry Malta boat shoes

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Dubarry Malta boat shoes

Style: The elegant lines and fun two-tone blue colourway of Dubarry's Malta designs give a more feminine touch to the traditional deck shoe. The water resistant nubuck leather used also gives them a luxurious, rather than merely functional, feel.

Comfort: The soft nature of the leather and the innovative DryFast - DrySoft interior makes them comfortable to wear from the moment you get them out of the box.

On land: The perfect combination of technical expertise and laid-back style, Dubarry's shoes are ideal whether you are just heading to the yacht club pool or spending all day on your feet.

At sea: Time spent at sea quickly gives these shoes a more weathered look making you look like a seasoned regatta pro in no time. They also feature Dubarry's unique NonSlip - NonMarking soles giving them excellent grip and providing a great option in rougher conditions.

Malta boat shoes, £99, Dubarry

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Moda In Pelle Abano boat shoe

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Moda In Pelle Abano boat shoe

Style: If you're looking for something eye-catching and chic that you can wear long after the regatta has finished then Moda In Pelle's boat shoes are for you. The metallic leather errs just on the right side of opulent and mixes well with the understated designs making them just as perfect for summer in the city.

Comfort: The Abano offers both style and substance. From hopping on and off docks to climbing steep flights of yacht club stairs, they were put under serious pressure with no sore feet in sight.

On land: Adding a touch of glamour to everything from denim shorts to summer dresses, Moda In Pelle's boat shoes are ideal for long days at home or at sea. Smarter than trainers and far more comfortable than heels, they'll handle whatever the day throws at you.

At sea: They may be pretty but don't dismiss them - these are viable options for serious sailors. The chunky rubber sole is non-marking and designed with deep grooves offering both the support and stability needed as racing heats up.

Abano boat shoes, £69.95, Moda in Pelle

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