Some divers swear by dive boots, and no matter how warm the water, won’t dive without them. Cold water divers obviously enjoy the added warmth, but even warm water divers can benefit from a dive boot. Dive boots can save your feet from cuts and scrapes that often come from rocky reef sites, as well as protect your skin from stinging creatures. They also provide better support for your foot to improve your finning strength, and inhibit skin irritation from your fins. These reasons alone will compel some to drop a pretty penny on a good quality pair of dive boots, but it’s not necessary to break the bank. Here are three terrific options from LeisurePro that can be yours for less than two Jacksons.
If you’re looking for something really low-profile but more substantial than a sock, these Surf Comber low-cut boots from Pinnacle are right up your alley. The 2mm neoprene gives your foot sufficient warmth and protection from abrasions without being too clunky, but the tough rubber sole is where these shoes really shine, wrapping around the heel and toe to give you complete protection even on the most jagged of surfaces. Leather strapping sewn on the upper increase the support structure and durability of the Surf Combers, so you won’t wear them out too quickly. One of our favorite features of these low-cut boots is that they can be worn with full-foot and open-heel fins, and the soles are sturdy enough that you can wear them as street shoes — no need to pack a separate pair of boots when you’re going diving!
Warmth and a watertight seal are two factors to consider when you’re purchasing boots for cold water diving, which is what the Safe Sole boots from Deep See are all about. These boots are designed taller to create a more watertight seal between the boot and your wetsuit by putting some distance between the two entries. A grip pad at the top of each boot ensures easy donning, even with thick gloves. Inside, an extra thick sole provides a cushy pad for comfort and warmth, and outside, the vulcanized rubber “safe sole” protects your soles, toes, and heels, even from punctures. Low-profile grip pads on each sole offer additional stability, and a ridge on the heel keeps your fin strap from slipping off.
For the ultimate in style and durability, look no further than the Trilastic dive boots from Mares. These boots are constructed from two different types of neoprene; a super elastic neoprene is used around the ankle area to facilitate range of motion and diminish fatigue, while standard neoprene is used for the rest of the boot for greater warmth. An internal neoprene seal lines the zipper to reduce water exchange, and the sneaker-like soles also protect the heels and toes for longer life. A cool feature of these boots is the slightly raised heel to improve your balance when you’re lugging all your gear — something we all could use a little more of on a dive boat!