Aching knees and backs are not new to boaters, especially those who travel on fast center consoles and tend to experience a lot of shock and movement at high speeds.  Constant wave pounding and engine vibration can be tough on anyone so many people tend to wear athletic shoes aboard.  But these often have black marking soles, not much traction on wet surfaces and they get funky when they get doused repeatedly. 

So Sperry, has come up with topsider style boat shoes called Anti Shock & Vibration (ASV) Solution footwear designed to reduce stress to the body – supposedly up to 40%. 

 The ASV Solution has a mid-sole that is built with a specific material with energy-dampening characteristics, combined with a plate and cassette system embedded into the material that absorbs and disperses the shock and vibration energy. 

ASV shoes come in topsider and athletic shoe (or sneaker) styles for both men and women.  They retail $130-$140 and still have some of the key features of Sperry’s regular boat shoes including good traction, quick drying materials, internal drainage, anti-microbial linings and non-marking rubber soles. 

Check out their styles and colors at Sperry Topsider.