How To Buy Deck Boots – Your Ultimate Buying Guide!

No doubt standing all day on a boat’s deck tires your feet, and every little bit of added comfort will help a lot! But comfort is not the only factor you need to consider. You also want your feet to remain dry and stable on the deck. And a good pair of deck boots will help you do that. However, deck boots come in a variety of styles and materials, and if you don’t know what to look for, it won’t be easy to find the right pair for your needs. So the question now is, how to buy deck boots? Well, that’s exactly what you are about to find out in this article.

What Are Deck Boots?

Deck boots are a type of footwear designed to be worn on decks or other wet surfaces. They typically have a waterproof and slip-resistant sole and may also have a waterproof upper to keep your feet dry. Deck boots are available in a variety of styles, including ankle-high and knee-high boots.

What are deck boots

Who Are Deck Boots For?

Deck boots are ideal for anyone who works or spends time on a wet surface, like boaters, fishermen, and even gardeners. Deck boots are also a good choice for anyone who enjoys watersports or other activities where they may get their feet wet.

As for the type of deck boot, that will depend on your needs. If you are working on a boat deck or other wet surfaces, then you’ll want a boot with a slip-resistant and non-marking sole. If it’s just for gardening or walking on wet surfaces, then slip resistance outsole will suffice, but a non-marking outsole is always good to have as an added feature. For watersports and racing, neoprene boots will be your best bet.

Things to Consider When Buying Deck Boots

When choosing a pair of deck boots, there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind.


Deck boots are typically made from leather, foam PU, neoprene, synthetic, or rubber. Leather and neoprene are the most common materials, but synthetic and rubber are also popular choices. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to choose the right material for your needs.

Leather is the most durable option, but it can be more expensive and may not be as breathable as other materials. Rubber is a good choice for a waterproof boot, but it may not be as durable as leather. Synthetic materials are usually more breathable than leather or rubber, but they are not as waterproof.


Having a waterproof deck boot is important, especially when spending time on boats or other wet surfaces. Most deck boots are made with a waterproof upper, but not all of them are. Perhaps the most important factor when it comes to waterproofing is the type of material the boot is made from. Leather and rubber are typically more waterproof than synthetic materials.


Most deck boots are waterproof and will help you remain dry In lousy weather, but they won’t always keep you warm. Some deck boots, like the Neoprene ones, are exceptionally well insulated and undoubtedly will keep your feet warm in cold conditions. But some boots lack insulation.
So when buying a pair of deck boots, always check if they have good insulation. If they don’t have a good one, you will have to wear wool socks. They are a little expensive but truly worth the price because they do an excellent job of keeping feet warm. Avoid cotton socks because they hold water and cause your feet to get cold.


The sole must be anti-slip and non-marking. You don’t want to mark the deck or slip on the deck. Generally, deck boots’ soles are made with a blend of synthetic rubber material. So it’s not always easy to see if they provide good traction on wet surfaces. The best way to find out is to bend the sole. The softer and more flexible the sole is, the greater the traction is. But, on the other hand, if the sole is too soft, its lifespan will be shorter. So if you want the sole to be durable and grippy, you need to make sure it’s not too soft and neither too rigid.


Deck boots should fit snugly but not be too tight. You’ll want to make sure there’s enough room to wiggle your toes, but the boot should not be so loose that it’s falling off your foot. If you plan to wear inserts or thick socks, it would be best to upsize to leave some space to get a good fit. However, you should always try your boot on with inserts or socks to get the perfect fit.

Support & Comfort

Deck boots should provide support and comfort for your feet, especially if you’ll be wearing them for long periods. Look for a boot with a cushioned insole and ankle support.


Light-weight deck boots are usually more comfortable to wear for long periods, but they may not be as durable as heavier boots. Furthermore, lightweight boots may not provide as much support and traction as heavier boots. It’s important to find a balance between weight, comfort, and traction when choosing a deck boot.


Deck boots are available in a variety of styles, from traditional to modern. When choosing a style, consider what you’ll be using the boots for and how often you’ll be wearing them. For casual wear, you may want a boot with a more traditional stylish design. For work or other activities where you’ll be getting wet, a more modern style with waterproof features may be best.

What Height To Wear?

When it comes to the height of your deck boots, that will depend on your needs. If you are spending most of your time on a deck boat, then you’ll want a boot that comes up to your ankle or higher. This will help protect your feet from getting wet.

When you are participating in watersports or other activities where your feet may get wet, then you may want a boot that is lower cut. This will help keep your feet cool but not dry.

Should You Wear Socks With Deck Boots?

Some people prefer the added layer of warmth and protection socks provide, while others find that socks make their feet too hot and sweaty. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. If you decide to wear socks with your deck boots, make sure to choose a thin pair that won’t add too much bulk. In cold weather, you may want to wear a thick pair of wool socks to add a bit of insulation!

Sometimes people ask if they should buy deck boots a half size larger than their regular shoe size to accommodate socks. This is generally unnecessary, as most deck boots will have enough room to accommodate a thin pair of socks. However, if you are in-between sizes, have wide feet, or plan to wear thick socks or inserts, you may consider getting a bigger size.

Socks for deck boots

What About Gaiters – Should You Wear Them?

Gaiters are a type of footwear that covers the entire foot, including the ankle. They are typically made from waterproof materials, making them ideal for wearing while fishing, hiking, or hunting.

While gaiters provide excellent protection, they are usually not necessary when wearing high deck boots. This is because most deck boots provide enough coverage and protection for your feet. However, if you’re wearing ankle boots and you are participating in an activity where your feet will get wet, such as fishing or hunting, gaiters can help keep your feet dry.

How to Care For Deck Boots

When you purchase your first pair of deck boots, you want to make sure that you take care of them properly. Maintaining your deck boots properly will prolong their lifespan and keep them looking great. Here are some tips on how to care for your deck boots:

-Remove any dirt or debris from the boots with a soft brush.

-Use a mild soap and water solution to clean the boots, then rinse them thoroughly.

-Stuff the boots with newspaper to help them retain their shape and prevent creases.

– Store your deck boots in a cool, dry place when you’re not wearing them.

– Avoid exposing your deck boots to direct sunlight

Some brands of deck boots also sell boot care products that can help to protect and extend the life of your boots. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before using any of these products. With proper care, your deck boots should last for many years.

What Brand to Choose?

There are many different brands of deck boots available on the market, so it can be difficult to know which one to choose. When selecting a brand, it is important to consider the quality of the materials used, as well as the reputation of the company. Some of the most popular brands include Gill, Grundens, HUK, and Xtratuf.

Gill is a well-known manufacturer of marine clothing and accessories, and their deck boots are some of the best on the market. The boots are made from high-quality materials and are designed to provide maximum comfort and protection.

Grundens is an excellent option for deck boots. The company produces both rubber and neoprene styles designed for fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities. Their boots are generally more affordable than Xtratufs, but they’re still very high quality. If you’re looking for a good pair of deck boots on a budget, Grundens is a great option.

HUK is another good choice for deck boots. Their styles are similar to Xtratufs, but they’re usually a bit cheaper. HUK also offers a wider range of sizes than Xtratuf, so it’s easier to find a pair that fits well.

Rugged Shark is another option to consider for deck boots. They offer a variety of styles and sizes, and their prices are generally reasonable. Rugged Shark boots are a good choice if you’re looking for something a little different than the usual Xtratuf and Grunden options.

When you are looking for deck boots, any of these brands would be a good choice. It is important to compare prices, materials, and styles to find the perfect pair of boots for you. Additionally, you may read reviews before purchasing to get an idea of how other people feel about a particular brand or style.

Where to Buy Deck Boots

When you’re ready to purchase a pair of deck boots, you have a few different options. You can buy them in person at a brick-and-mortar store, or you can purchase them online.

When you choose to buy your deck boots in person, the best place to go is a specialty store that sells outdoor gear. These stores typically have a wide selection of footwear to choose from and staff members who can help you find the right pair of boots for your needs.

There are a few different options available if you prefer to shop online. You can buy deck boots from the websites of major retailers, such as Amazon or REI. You can also purchase them from the website of a deck boot manufacturer, such as Xtratuf or Grundens.


Deck boots are an essential piece of gear for any boater or fisherman. They provide traction and stability on slippery surfaces and keep your feet dry and comfortable in wet conditions. When choosing a pair of deck boots, be sure to consider the materials, style, fit, and price. Always choose a brand that is known for its quality and durability. You can find deck boots at most major retailers, as well as online. With a little bit of research, you can find the perfect pair of deck boots for your needs.

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6 thoughts on “How To Buy Deck Boots – Your Ultimate Buying Guide!”

  1. Keeping your feet dry while on deck a yacht or boat is essential, but you also do not want to be slipping when walking around. There is a wide range of situations where deck boots would be required, and therefore the choices vary as well.

    To me the most important things is to have warm feet, as well as dry, so I often end up wearing socks as well. You mention that leather is a popular choice and it is usually my first choice for footwear. Is there a weather proofing that you can recommend that one can spray on leather deck boots to protect them? Or do they already have a special coating? Thank you.

    • Hi Line,

      Yes, many leather boots have a waterproof coating agent, but with time the coating goes away. So you must apply once in a while a waterproof coating agent to maintain them. They are so many sprays that do a great job at waterproofing leather such as Grangersor, Nikwax, or Nano. However, I’m sure you’ll find something that will meet your needs:) I hope you have and if you have any questions please let me know. I’m always happy to assist.
      Thank you for your comment and I wish you a lovely day

  2. Hi Daniella,

    I am planning to go for my first fishing trip and would like to consider a deck boot. 

    I believe deck boot will help to protect my foot from those sea water, when I am out in the open sea. Hope the deck boot will withstand those salt water. 

    Comfort is my first important criteria when I choose my shoe, so I will go for those made from leather. Hopefully I can get one cost less than $200.

    • Hi there,
      Yes, leather is relatively expensive compared to other materials because it is highly durable and comfortable. However, sometimes it’s worth shelling out a little more money and being happy with the product:) I’m sure you’ll find a nice pair of deck boots for your next trip on the water. If you have any questions, please let me know. I’m always happy to help. Thank you for your comment, and I wish you a lovely day!

  3. I never knew deck boots were even a type of footwear, to be honest, so this is a new one for me. Can these shoes be worn normally as well as on a boat? Could these be my new go-to pair of shoes?

    If they do nice colours and patterns then I may have to look into getting some as long s they can be worn for other things

    • Hi Micheal,

      Sure, you can wear deck boots for many activities apart from boating and fishing, such as gardening, hiking in snow, or walking in the rain. Whatever you want!

      There are beautiful deck boots, so I am sure you won’t have any problem finding a great pair. The most popular ones are The XTRATUF and HUK. So you may take a look at them too:) Thank you for your comment and I hope you find a nice pair of deck boots for your needs. I wish you a lovely day!


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