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5mm Wetsuit Boots

If you are an active cold-water diver or just considering to dive “off season”, then warm, reliable boots are a must-have for you. Winter boots will protect your feet from freezing and injuries by providing superb insulation, comfort, and traction on slippery rocks or boards.

The question is, what kind of wetsuit boots to choose from the variety of available options. One of the most important factors to consider when shopping for dive footwear is the thickness of the boot - the thicker the neoprene, the warmer your boots will be. While most of us don't need the thickest and the stiffest dive boots, acquiring those thin tropical booties is often not the most practical option either.

A good compromise for those, who want to buy functional boots, suitable for diving in different places of the world, are 5mm models. 5mm wetsuit boots are not too thick and not too thin, but just right for practicing watersports in the middle latitudes on both coasts of the US (California, Oregon, Washington, New York, the Great Lakes, New England states) and various other locations, including Northern Europe and colder waters throughout the globe.

Most 5mm boots have a strong and durable construction with a hard sole on the base, that will protect you when walking on rocks, coral or other sharp objects. There are both slip on and zippered models available. Some incorporate rubber coating for better grip and/or interior nylon jersey for additional warmth. Unlike the bulkier winter boots, 5mm models come in styles that can be worn both with the full foot and open heel fins.

Just like with all of your dive gear, the ultimate choice of the dive boots will depend on your personal preferences and needs. Whatever those may be, Dip ‘N Dive has something to offer. In our catalogue you will be able to find an assortment of high quality hand-picked 5mm wetsuit boots by best dive wear manufacturers.

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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.