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Men's Wetsuit Boots

Choosing comfortable men’s wetsuit boots for the conditions you dive in is not that difficult if you know a few things that you need to pay attention to. The most basic aspect to consider is the warmth of the boot. Most diving and snorkeling boots are made of neoprene, the material that contains tiny nitrogen bubbles, forming an insulating barrier between your body and the water. The thickness of this barrier determines the degree of thermal protection.

If you plan to dive deep, you need to account for the fact that the boots will compress due to increasing water pressure, and, therefore, lose some of their insulating capability. The best choice for deep cold water dives are the thicker 7mm boots.

Another feature, usually most sought-after in men’s dive boots, is durability. Many divers prefer boots with the reinforced sole, as it significantly decreases the wear and tear of both the boots and your feet. Rubber soles provide better grip and help to protect your feet from cuts when walking on sharp rocks or shells. Some manufacturers also add toe and heel caps or abrasion resistant fabric on the exterior of the boot, to increase its strength and durability.

Just like all your exposure protection, dive boots must fit snugly, but not be too tight. For this reason it is important to choose the proper size of the boot. Remember, most dive boots are labeled in men's sizes, unless specifically marked as women’s or kids. So, just choose your regular shoe size and you should be fine. For the more detailed sizing information refer to our size charts.

Finally, when it comes to the style of the boots, there is usually no difference between women’s and men’s diving shoes, so most of them are unisex.

Here, at Dip ‘N Dive you will be able to find a variety of wetsuit boots for different environments and types of diving. Whether you want some basic beach shoes or high end technical wetsuit boots, we have an option for you.

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.