Shoes Just for Boating-Boating Shoes Basics You Should Know
You have undoubtedly heard of boat shoes before, but do you really know what they are and where they come from? Many shoe companies often call them deck shoes or topsiders. The design of boat shoes probably originated with Native Americans. They used to wear moccasins that were made of a water-resistant form of leather, low profile, and lacing on the sides to keep them snug to the foot. In modern times, they originated as a shoe for use when boating. These shoes were made to keep you from slipping on the wet boat deck. The leather top part of the shoe was treated with oils to keep the water out and the soles were made of a non-skidding rubber. The low profile of the shoe was so that you could take it on and off easily like a slipper or loafer. This made it easier to get on and off the boat quickly.
Eventually, boat shoes became popular and fashionable to wear off the yacht deck. They found their way into fashion as a shoe to wear somewhere between formal and casual shoes. The word boat gave them a very sporty connotation and the look made them a stylish addition to any wardrobe. You will see that many people wear boat shoes without socks, and some even come with sock pads inside to make them more comfortable for bare feet. They can be worn with socks, but it is just more popular and stylish to wear them without.
So when do you wear boat shoes? Often times men find it hard to decide when it is okay to wear boat shoes and when it is okay to wear loafers. Most stylists will tell you that loafers are to be worn with the business casual outfits in your closet. You can wear them with jeans and a button down shirt for a proper look. Boat shoes, on the other hand, are more for sports looks. They should be worn with things like golf shoes, shorts, and even polo shirts. In essence, they should be worn with dressier sports wear. The only time of year it is really not okay to wear boat shoes is in the winter.
Because of their roots of originally being made for use on wet ship decks, they are very tough shoes. Even the toughest of shoes, though, need some maintenance. To keep your shoes looking good and lasting, you should regularly put oil for leather on them. The oil will help them maintain their ability to withstand the moisture that they were originally made to withstand. You should regularly remove the insoles and spray them with a shoe cleaner so that they do not grow fungus. If the sole begins to wear, make sure you have it repaired as soon as possible. This will help you prevent slips on the wet deck of the ship.
When you get ready to buy boat shoes, there are some things you should be looking for. For instance, they should have a solid sole that feels durable and that will help prevent slipping. The issue of slipping is not just for working on the deck of the ship, but also just in day to day life. They should also fit your foot well and be comfortable, but just make sure you try them on before you buy them. It is impossible to know how good a shoe will feel or fit without putting it on your foot.
Keep in mind as you shop for boat shoes that quality ones are not going to come cheaply. If you are willing to spend the money, though, they will last you for a number of seasons and even years without any significant deterioration in quality. Keep an eye out for name brand shoes to get the best quality. Keep in mind that not every company calls them boat shoes. Watch for boat shoes, topsiders, or even deck shoes.
Boat shoes are great not just for the deck of your boat. They are also a great way to get that sporty casual look. If you are going to get a new set of boat shoes, just make sure you try them on so that you find a good shoe that will take care of you and your feet.
Instructions for making your own hammock for relaxing in the back yard, with only some fabric, rope and a little time.
What's more relaxing that lying around in your backyard in your hammock, napping in the summer breeze? Oh, you don't have a hammock in which to relax? No problem. You can make a hammock very easily out of some fabric and rope. You'll need 3 yards of some type of very durable fabric, at least 36" wide, needle and thread or sewing machine, and 50" of 38" diameter polypropylene rope, scissors and measuring tape. When choosing a fabric, select something that is breathable. Choose a fabric that when wet, dries quickly, or your hammock could mildew if accidentally left out in the weather. Remember, dark colors attract the heat more, so if you'll be using the hammock mostly in the hot sun, you might want to choose a light color of fabric instead. When possible, select a fabric that is wider than the 36" if there will be couples using the hammock. For the rope, choose a type that specifies "working load" and check the weight warnings. Select a weight that will hold at least the two heaviest people in your home. Since polypropylene rope won't mildew, it is recommended for this project. If you'll be using poles or posts, set them before beginning the hammock. Some people set the posts with eye bolts, but whether you decide on poles or trees, make sure it is sturdy enough to hold the weight of a couple of people. And remember, the further apart your poles, the higher up you'll have to tie the hammock to keep it from dragging the ground when you get in it. To make the hammock, hem the fabric on each end, and the sides, if necessary. Cut the rope in half and thread half through one end hem and half through the other end hem. Use a clothespin to help thread the tope through the hem. Gather the hem on the rope by scrunching it together, then tie a double knot to secure. Repeat for the other end.
Some hammocks are secured to the poles or trees with one rope that is tied around the support with a bowline or several half hitches, but you can also take both rope ends, loop them around the support and tie them to each other. Pull one end of the rope and wrap it twice around the support, then tie one end of the rope to the other using the Josephine knot, also known as the Carrick bend, which is easy to untie when taking down the hammock. To make the Josephine knot, take the two ropes on one end of the hammock, form one into a loop and place the loop on top of the other rope. Now take the end of the second rope and lay it over onto the bottom of one end of the looped rope, slightly below where the loop begins to form. Now take the second rope piece and place it under the other end of the looped piece, just under where the loop begins. Now bring the second rope piece around, over the top of the loop. Continue to move the second rope piece until it is now underneath itself and has formed a loop of its own. Pull both loops tight until they form a knot. This should hold your hammock in place. You can purchase mosquito netting to put over your hammock, before attaching it to the poles. It can be sewn to three sides of the hammock with a zipper on the fourth side, or it can be sewn to one side, and made to pull up over yourself while you're in the hammock. You can also sew a pocket onto the side of the hammock for placing glasses or a book. This can be made from the hammock fabric or another piece of lightweight fabric. Even an old craft bag makes a great pocket for a hammock, just remove straps and sew onto the side of the hammock. If the pocket swings while you're in the hammock and this bothers you, you can instead make a pocket underneath the hammock for sliding in magazines and such. If you want protection from the sun, you can make a makeshift roof for your hammock by tying a tarp over the top. Another hammock accessory is a rope which you can tie above the hammock and use clothes pins to hang a flashlight or other necessities.
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