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Barefoot sailing on a hot day is the best. But you do so at your own peril, especially when racing. Enter the new Marine Sandal line from Colorado-based Chaco, featuring a nonmarking Vibram outsole that offers exceptional grip on wet, steeply canted decks. The Z/2 Marine Sandal includes a toe strap for extra stability, while the Z/1 (pictured) lets all ten toes wiggle at will. Although they may not look like they offer much protection, I have yet to stub my toes, even when doing foredeck duty in heavy air. Bummer I can't wear them again until next spring! $95. Chaco www.chacousa.com

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