HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SCUBA DIVING SHOES AND BOOTS? 

OUR TIPS TO CHOOSE YOUR SCUBA DIVING SHOES/BOOTS

CHOOSE BY WATER TEMPERATURE

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Water between 10 and 18°C 

For cold water, choose shoes or boots with 5 to 6.5 mm of neoprene.

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Water between 16 and 24°C  

For temperate water, choose shoes or boots with 2 to 5 mm of neoprene.

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Water over 25°C

For warm water, choose shoes or boots with 2 to 3 mm of neoprene.

SO, DIVING BOOTS OR DIVING SHOES?

Similar looking but two very different accessories!

Although similar in appearance, boots and shoes have their different uses :
- diving shoes are suitable for full foot fins.
- diving boots are designed for use with adjustable fins.

You really should choose your fins and shoes at the same time! This means you can decide which thickness you want purely on the basis of thermal protection and not because your 6 mm shoe won't fit in your fin when you get home!

SPECIFICS OF DIVING BOOT

Adjustable fins? Use a boot

Our diving boots have real soles and reinforcements on the heel, toe and instep. There will be no risk of you falling or getting hurt walking along the dock before and after a dive. They're tough and easy to put on with their rustproof zip : a plus if you have a large instep or a wide foot.
On the other hand, they're a little more expensive and much more rigid than shoes : 3 to 7 mm thick, they're made of rubber-reinforced neoprene. Choose them according to the water temperature and the size of your fins.
Tip : remember to place your fin strap under the little ledge on the heel. This prevents it from sliding up your ankle and giving you an unpleasant surprise!

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3 mm DIVING BOOTS 

Designed for scuba diving, freediving and spearfishing in water between 16°C and 24°C.
"Glued and sewn", which means that the neoprene is glued first, then sewn for maximum strength (the sewing needle does not go right through the neoprene to prevent water leakage). They have rubber soles and reinforcements on the heel, toe and instep.
Soft, comfortable low-cut diving boots for use with adjustable fins.

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5 mm DIVING BOOTS 

Designed for scuba diving in water between 10° C and 18°C.
"Glued and sewn", which means that the neoprene is glued first, then sewn for maximum strength (the sewing needle does not go right through the neoprene to prevent water leakage). They have rubber soles and reinforcements on the heel, toe and instep.
Comfortable diving boots with a side zip that keep your feet warm in your fins.

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6.5 mm DIVING BOOTS 

Designed for scuba diving in water between 10° C and 18°C.
"Glued and sewn", which means that the neoprene is glued first, then sewn for maximum strength (the sewing needle does not go right through the neoprene to prevent water leakaget). They have rubber soles and reinforcements on the heel, toe and instep.
Comfortable diving boots with a side zip that keep your feet warm in your fins.

SPECIFICS OF DIVING SHOES

Very flexible but not strongly reinforced, these diving shoes are for full foot fins

What for? Freediving/spearfishing, snorkeling or scuba diving : it doesn’t matter! From 1 to 7 mm thick, they're made of neoprene. For greater grip and insulation, choose ones with a (coated or latex) sole that makes them more resistant, without being as comfortable as slip-on walking shoes. They will, however, ensure your comfort while wearing fins and being protected against irritation.

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2 mm DIVING SHOES 

Designed for scuba diving, freediving and spearfishing in water between 16°C and 24°C.
"Glued and sewn", which means that the neoprene is glued first, then sewn for maximum strength (the sewing needle does not go right through the neoprene to prevent water leakage). They have a neoprene sole with non-slip coating.
2 mm neoprene shoes protect your feet and are easy to put on, helping you get the most out of your time under water.

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3 mm DIVING SHOES

Designed for scuba diving and spearfishing between 16°C and 24°C, we have two 3 mm diving shoe models.
One has a neoprene sole with non-slip coating and the other has a tough, flexible sole with latex rubber making it more slip-resistant.
"Glued and sewn", which means that the neoprene is glued first, then sewn for maximum strength (the sewing needle does not go right through the neoprene to prevent water leakage).
3 mm neoprene shoes keep your feet dry and are easy to put on, helping you get the most out of your time under water.

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5 mm DIVING SHOES 

Designed for scuba diving with full foot fins in water between 10°C and 18°C.
"Glued and sewn", which means that the neoprene is glued first, then sewn for maximum strength (the sewing needle does not go right through the neoprene to prevent water leakage). They have a flexible latex rubber non-slip sole.
5 mm neoprene shoes with a thin sole to keep your feet warm in your full foot fins when diving in cold water.

IT’S BETTER TO TRY DIVING SHOES OR BOOTS ON FIRST!

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Your diving shoes or boots should be as tight as possible. Remember to try them on with your fins so you don't have any unpleasant surprises!

All our shoes and boots have been designed, tested and approved by our diving club and technical partner, PlanetOcean, to check the thermal insulation of our products and so ensure the comfort that you need during your diving trips.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR DIVING SHOES AND BOOTS

We stick to a simple rule : all diving equipment requires maintenance!

It’s so simple! Just rinse your shoes and boots in clean water after each dive. Allow them to dry upside down in the shade.
For storage, machine wash before storing in a cool, ventilated area.

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Other essential accessories to fight the cold : gloves! Whether neoprene or textile, see all our products and tips on choosing your diving gloves.

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            Alexandre, retail assistant at Decathlon in Toulon

            I'm a retail assistant at Decathlon in Toulon and have been a diving instructor for 4 years. Before joining Decathlon, I was in the Navy where I went on a lot of operational dives. During my time in the Navy, I got my diving certificate, which got me to the equivalent of FFESSM (French Federation of Undersea Studies and Sports) Level 3 today.

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