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3mm Boots

Many divers, who dive exclusively in the warm waters often deem dive footwear unnecessary. However, similarly to dive clothing, wetsuit boots and wetsuit shoes are designed to not only keep you warm, but also to protect you from potential injuries. Certainly, you don’t need the thick and bulky 5mm dive boots for your tropical vacation, but the lightweight 3mm model will be an ideal addition to your gear set.

While 3mm wetsuit boots do provide a slight amount of warmth, their main function is to reduce the risk of such potential discomforts as blisters and raw spots, caused by the straps of your fins, rubbing against your feet and ankles. Such minor injuries are not to be disregarded, as they are often invitations to infection, especially in tropical waters. The boots also protect your feet from cuts and minor wounds in rocky bottomed pools and creeks. All things considered, 3mm booties are best for scuba diving, snorkeling or surfing in such regions as: Florida, Texas, Cozumel, Bonaire, Cayman, Belize, Hawaii, Sea of Cortez, Northern Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, Seychelles, the Mediterranean and warm waters around the world.

3mm dive boots come in a variety of styles - with high or low cut, hard or soft sole, elevated or flat heel, zippered opening or slip on, etc. Whichever style you prefer, make sure that the chosen boots are light and comfortable. While 3mm booties, unlike socks, are still mostly worn with open heel fins, some warm-water divers and snorkelers like to wear them under full-foot fins. In case you choose to do so, check whether your fin is large enough to fit over the boot. As for the sizing, all boots come in full sizes, so if you normally wear a ½ size, simply round it up to the next biggest size.

Dip ‘N Dive offers best dive boots for divers with different needs and preferences. Choose the model that suits you and protect your feet from wear and tear while diving or snorkeling with a pair of high quality 3 mm wetsuit boots.

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There are a few basic things you need to remember when choosing diving boots. First of all, you should select the thickness that is right for your needs. Just like your wetsuit, most dive booties are made of neoprene and range in thickness from 2mm to 8mm. Most divers prefer their boots and wetsuit to be of the same thickness. Heavy boots, such as 5mm and thicker are great for colder water conditions, while thinner ones work well in warmer water.  

Wetsuit Boots also come in different sole thickness. In particular, there are boots with the soft sole, medium sole, and hard sole. Soft sole is mainly used for boat diving or beach entries in the areas with little to no debris. It’s best to go for boots with medium sole if you will be diving in the areas with some small hazards. Hard sole booties are designed for areas where you would have to step on rocks or dead corals. In general, heavy soles provide more protection, while thinner soles offer more flexibility.

As for the cut of the boots, the rule of thumb is to go for the low cut or mid-height, if you are primarily diving in warm water and pick high cut boots in case you will do some cold water dives.

With that said, purchasing diving boots is a good idea if you are using open heel fins, as most boots simply won’t fit under the full foot fin. If you want to wear something for additional warmth and protection against blisters with your full foot fins, neoprene or lycra socks will be a good solution.