Scuba diving is always fun but the walk to the water can be rough on your feet. Especially when diving in colder water wearing protection on your feet will ensure you stay warm, dry and safe. Opting for the best scuba boots will keep you safe and comfortable on your dive.

Below are this year’s best dive boots on the market.

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How To Choose The Best Dive Boots – Buying Guide

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High Cut Or Low Cut

Much like any boot you will buy, you have an option of high cut and low cut. The main difference between the two is that one offers more ankle protection. If you are carrying a lot of scuba equipment, and you have a long way to go, then a high-cut boot will be the way to go. The high cut will give you more ankle protection, and you have less risk of twisting your ankle or straining it when you are on the move. If you are not walking very far with your scuba equipment, then a low-cut boot is fine.

When you are thinking about low cut vs. high cut, you also want to think about the comfort of the boot. A higher-cut boot will have more contact with your body. This may offer extra support and could keep the boot in place, but it could also cause more friction and rub against your ankle. A low-cut boot will also be smaller and lighter. If you need to pack up your gear for transport, or are worried about the weight of the boots, then a low-cut boot is the way to go.

Hard Sole Or Soft Sole

A hard sole and a soft sole are exactly what you would imagine. One has a hard sole, and the other has a soft sole. If you are diving near the shore, then it is likely that you are walking across the beach, or another area, to get to the water. When you get to the water, you are going to be walking through it, possible over rocks. For this type of scuba diving, you are best off with a hard sole to protect your feet.

If you are taking a boat out to deeper waters, where there is minimal chance of stepping on rocks or other surfaces which could damage your foot, then a soft sole will be fine. Soft soles are more flexible than hard soles. They give a more comfortable fit, and they are also great if you have wide feet or feet with an unusual shape.

Size

The size of your diving boot is very important. Possible the most important factor when you are making your choice. If you get a boot which is too small, then it is going to be constrictive and uncomfortable. If you buy a boot which is too big, then it may be loose and chafe you. It may also fall off in the water, and you can lose it completely.

When you are buying the best dive boots, you should ensure that you know your size. If you do not, then you can visit a diving store and try some on. They should be the same size as your shoe size, but the sizes can vary. The diving boot sizes also do not come in half sizes. So, if you fit a shoe which is a half size, then you should round up. It is also hard to find women’s diving boots. Often women will buy men’s dicing boots. If this is the case, then you should round down by a size or two.

Your diving boot should fit comfortably and should not be too loose or too tight. If you have diving fins, then you should always account for that when you are choosing your dicing boots. Make sure that the diving fins are compatible with the boots you are buying.

Arch Support

When you wear shoes, you may wear ones which come with additional arch support or you may add arch support to your shoes. If this is the case, then you should look for dive boots with good arch support. You will not be doing as much walking as you would do in your regular shoes, but you will be carrying more weight.

Many dive boots come with arch support, if you need that extra support. You do not want to get into the water with sore feet. If you want to use your own arch support, then you should consult a medical professional to ensure that you have the best arch support for diving and that the arch supports will fit with the diving boot. You may have to order one size up if you are adding supports to the sole.

Heel Counter

The part at the back of the boot is known as the heel counter. This is the stiff part which is responsible for protecting your heel and your ankle. The counter at the back of the boot should be solid. When you step, it is your heel which touches down first and takes the initial weight. If you step on anything jagged, then you want the heel support to take the brunt of the damage and impact.

The other thing that the heel counter should do is protect your ankle from rolling. When you are walking, the heel support should give enough support to your ankle, that if you do land on the ground awkwardly, your ankle should not roll to the side. It is fine if you stumble, and you may even hurt yourself, but if you roll your ankle, you can damage yourself enough that your scuba trip could be over before it even started. As well as ensuring your ankle does not roll, the heel support should also take a lot of the stress off of your ankle.

Good dive boots will have great heel support which will ensure you are not subjected to any stress or strain.

Forefoot Rails

Forefoot rails will stop your foot from sliding around inside of your boot. If you have a more open boot, then they will stop your foot from sliding off of the sole completely. The raise run around the edge of the sole and come up to surround the foot. Look for high-quality materials which are going to last for a long time.

Extras

The more you pay, the more you will get. Generally, this is true, but if you shop around, you can find a lot of extras and features, without having to pay a premium for them. So, what else should you be looking for in a diving boot?

Many dive boots will come with fin straps. If you are combining your diving boots with a pair of fins, then you will want to make sure that they are compatible with the fins. You also want to find straps which are high-quality, durable, and tough. You do not want the straps to fail when you are in the water. They should hold the fins tight.

You may also look for extra comfort in the form of a cushioned sole. If you are walking over rocks, even with the hardest sole, you can still feel it in your foot. Look for a diving boot with a gel or a foam sole. Comfort is your number one priority, and if you have problems with the underside of your feet, then a cushioned sole is the way to go.

One recommendation from us is to look for a pair of boots which have a velcro fastener over the zip (if the boot has a zip). You want a zip which is easy to use, and one which goes up and down easily, but you do not want that same zip to go down when you are in the water. A velcro strap will seal across the zip and stop it from going down when you do not want it to.

Decide on what you need in a dive boot, and then make your choice based on those requirements.

FAQs

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Q: Why Do I Need Diving Boots?

A: There are many reasons to wear the best dive boots. Your own safety is the number one reason. It does not matter where you are walking; there are hazards everywhere. If you have a pair of diving boots on, then your soles are going to be protected from what is below. You may be walking along the beach and accidentally step on some glass, or you may decide to enter the water over some jagged rocks. If you are wearing a pair of boots, then they are going to take the impact, and you are not going to have to worry about hurting your foot. The material also protects your from bites and stings, both in the water and out

The best diving boots also offer ankle protection. If you have problems with your ankles, then find a boot which has ankle support. The support will take the stress off of your ankle, and also stop it from rolling. This is especially important when you are carrying a lot of heavy scuba gear.

You may also be diving in cooler water. If the rest of your gear is high-quality, then you may not notice of the water is cold. Without a high-quality pair of dive boots, your feet can become cold, and this can lead to injury. It does not take long in cold water for the temperature of your feet to fall a few degrees. If your body is too cold, then you open yourself up to crams.

Another main reason to wear dive boots is the comfort. When you are wearing fins alone, the material can chafe and injure your foot. Wearing a pair of boots with your fins offers you additional protection and comfort. The fins will not rub, and it will be easier to walk. A good pair of diving boots support your feet. If you have painful foot arches, then a pair of diving boots can support your arch and bring you comfort. They can also support your ankle and calf.

When you are wearing a pair of the best dive boots, you do not need to worry about changing out of them when you are done diving. When you come out of the water, you do not need to find your regular shoes, and put them on, to walk around the boat or the beach. A high-quality pair of diving boots will be as comfortable walking around an area of water as they will be in the water.

Q: What Are Diving Boots Made Of?

A: You can find diving boots made from all sorts of materials, but like modern wetsuits, the most common material is neoprene.

Q: Should I Zip Or Not?

A: Most of the boots on the market have zips, but there is a trend of zipper-less boots emerging thanks to the new materials which are being used. We can foresee that as time passes, more and more boots are going to be zipper-less, but the question is, which should you choose?

With the advances in materials, such as high-stretch neoprene, and the improvements in construction, there is less of a need to use zips to fasten your foot in a boot. The stretchy boots allow you to put your foot in the boot, without having to unzip and open them. The material stretches as your foot passes through it, and then contracts when your foot is in, to conform to the shape of your foot. But, which is better?

It is a matter of choice. With a zipper, there is the chance of it breaking. Over time, the metal in the zipper can become corroded or can rust. When this happens, the zipper becomes harder to use, until you cannot use it anymore. A zipper can also collect small particles, such as sand. There is the additional risk that a zipper can come down when you are diving.

With a zipper-less boot, the material may not fit your ankle as well as a zippered-boot. The material cannot be made too tight on the ankle, and for some people, the fit is loose. Over time, the elasticity of the boot can begin to wear. The fit may become looser, the more you wear it.

Q: Diving Boots Or Diving Shoes?

A: There are many options when it comes to diving, and the option you decide on will depend on the type of diving you want to do. Water socks are used when you want to reduce chafing when wearing diving fins. If you have a diving fin which is attached to a boot, then you may want to wear a water sock underneath for extra protection. This can prevent rubbing and save your foot from blisters.

Water shoes are used for diving and a lot more. They are great for using under the water, but they may not be compatible with a lot of the fins out there. For this reason, we recommend them more for wearing on the beach. They are great for walking along sandy beaches and rocky beaches, or for walks in the water. They can be used for diving, but they are more suited for protecting your feet.

Wetsuit booties are designed to be worn with certain fins for diving. They are a cross between a boot and a sock. They offer a little protection, but you would not want to walk in them. They have a little bit of thickness to them, but they are not going to keep your feet warm in colder waters. We would recommend them for use in warmer climates and used in conjunction with a fin for diving.

Diving boots are a more defined boot than the wetsuit booties. They offer good protection, and they are great for diving. They often extend to the ankle and above, which makes them great for protecting injured ankles, and ankles in general. They are also thicker than booties, offering greater warmth in warm and cold climates. They are more durable than socks, shoes, and booties.

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Wearing scuba boots during your dive will not only keep your feet warm and dry but will also keep you safe. Walk to the water with your scuba diving computer on and navigate slippery rocks with ease as the sole on these boots will provide the cushioning and tread you need.

Sources

  1. Water sports, wikipedia
  2. Rust Resistant, Scientific America

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I have been looking around for new dive boots. I decided to get online and found your article. Glad I did. Great overview of all the options. Thanks

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