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Dubbed “the Alaskan sneaker” for their near-ubiquitous use on boat docks and fishing lodges in Alaska, the deck boot is now an indispensable piece of clothing just about everywhere. They are very comfortable, provide complete waterproofness, and go on as easily as a favorite pair of bedroom slippers. They just might be the perfect yard work and weekend chore shoe, and paired with a pair of jeans or khakis, they pull double duty on a night out on the town.

Manufacturers have responded to the growing interest in deck shoes with tons of new colors and styles. Look for deck shoes with specialized non-slip sole designs, thoughtful architecture around the collars to keep the boots from chafing your ankles, and reinforced pull tabs to make them even easier to pull on. Deck boots come in low-cut, ankle-cut, and taller models, but the 6-inch deck boot is the sweet spot for long-wear comfort and great protection from wet grass. Or a fishing trawler full of shrimp.

All-Day Comfort

Made with a breathable mesh liner and a skid-free chevron-patterned sole, these shoes are comfortable and provide good stability. Xtratuf

Deck boots are made of high-quality rubber for waterproofness, so don’t count on them to stretch and conform to your foot. Some manufacturers recommend ordering a half-size larger, particularly if you plan to wear them in cold weather with heavy socks.

Great Foot Protection

The reinforced toe and heel areas and slip-resistant and oil-resistant outsole make thee ideal for wear around heavy equipment or construction sites. Xtratuf

Look for deck boots with double pull-on tabs—one at the front and one at the back—for ease of slipping on the boots.

Thick, Comfy Cushioning

Made by a company synonymous with hardcore commercial fishing apparel, these are tough enough to handle boat and yard chores, but are built with an anti-microbial cooling liner and an asymmetrical collar for all-day comfort. Grundens

Unless you’re on a basketball court or wearing a coat and tie, deck boots—especially the newer sleek designs—are perfect for knocking around town and working in the yard.