The Tilos TruFit Dive Booties come in 3mm, 5mm and 7mm thickness options as well as short and tall height options. One of the best aspects of the TruFit design is the commitment to creating comfort and warmth for the diver, both in the water and on land. The design features arch support and a rocker shape sole, meaning walking on shore will feel great for your feet. It also has an asymmetrical toe box to better shape to your foot, as well as low internal volume so the amount of extra water in the bootie is minimal, keeping your feet nice and toasty. This is a bootie for divers who are tired of getting literal cold feet on every dive. It is also worth noting that this bootie does not have a locking mechanism for the zipper, meaning it may slide down over the course of the dive.
MATERIAL: 3mm, 5mm or 7mm Titanium neoprene, YYK stay-put zipper
BEST SUITED FOR: Divers who get cold feet easily
TECH: Low volume for warmth
ALSO SUITED FOR: Divers looking for comfort and durability, both in water and on land
EXTRAS: Arch support, rocker sole design
- Designed to keep feet warm via low internal volume
- Versatility with thickness and height
- The zipper does not lock in place
Oceanic’s Venture Dive Booties feature a soft rubber sole and a design focused on comfort. There are minimal seams to minimize pressure points and neoprene rub. The side zipper is corrosion-proof and also has a guard to protect your skin from getting pinched or the zipper thread leaking. These booties are easy on and easy off, with the soft sole making it easy to slip your foot in and out. However, that flexible sole also means that walking on a rocky or sharp shoreline may be extremely uncomfortable. Also, these booties are missing a rubber grip for fin straps, meaning you may have to adjust finds during the dive if the strap slips. Some divers have noted that the zipper may slip down if wearing a shortie or no suit. However, these booties are an all-around great option for the price point, combining comfort with function. These booties fit true to size.
MATERIAL: 5mm neoprene, soft rubber sole with patterning for traction
BEST SUITED FOR: Boat or sandy shore divers
TECH: Minimal seams to minimize neoprene rub
ALSO SUITED FOR: Divers wearing full-length wetsuits
EXTRAS: Zipper guard to prevent leakage or skin-pinch
- Zipper guard to prevent skin-pinch or leaking
- Minimal seams to minimize pressure points
- Zipper may not stay closed at the top when wearing a shortie/no suit
OUR TOP PICK
The Mares Trilastic Dive Boot is made of 5mm super-elastic neoprene with a hard sole. The neoprene surrounding the ankle is especially supple, designed to give maximum comfort during wear. The Trilastic bootie features a hard, vulcanized rubber sole to provide non-slip grip for walking while also protecting the sole of your feet against any surface terrain. The bootie has a fin strap lug which keeps any fin strap locked firmly in place, so you don’t need to fix your fins during a dive. These diving boots have a zipper for ease of dressing. The zipper dam keeps the boots from water leakage through the slide fastening. These diving booties are thicker (5mm) and quite beefy, so are probably best suited for diving in waters which may be a bit cooler, as well as more rugged shore terrain. These boots come with a 24-month limited warranty.
MATERIAL: 5mm super-elastic neoprene, no-slip hard sole
BEST SUITED FOR: Cool water diving
TECH: Fin strap lug to keep straps locked in place
ALSO SUITED FOR: Rugged terrain shore diving
EXTRAS: Zipper dam to prevent water seepage
- Rugged no-slip vulcanized sole
- No water seepage along the zipper
- Sizes run large for some divers
The SEAC Pro HD Neoprene Wetsuit Boots are made of 6mm neoprene designed for cooler water diving (50-60 degrees Fahrenheit). These scuba diving booties feature extremely rugged, rigidly molded, high-grip soles which can tackle any shoreline, no matter how rocky. This bootie’s zipper is reinforced with a hook-and-loop closure which prevents the zipper from sliding down during a dive or entry/exit walking. Not only that, but the Pro HD boots have arch support and a heel air bubble to help reduce stress on soles. An aspect to note is that some career divers, who dive more often than leisure divers, have noted that these booties start disintegrating over time — which looks like sole or seam damage.
MATERIAL: 6mm neoprene, rigid, high-grip sole
BEST SUITED FOR: Divers looking for a warm and rugged boot
TECH: Heel air bubble to reduce sole stress
ALSO SUITED FOR: Divers with poor arches or sore feet
EXTRAS: Zipper reinforced with hook-and-loop closure
- Designed to take care of your feet, both via protection and warmth
- Arch support and heel air bubble for those with sore feet
- Career divers have noted sole/seam deterioration when worn every day
The Mares Equator Dive Booties are made of 2mm neoprene with vulcanized and highly textured soles. They are a slip-on no zipper bootie which sits just above the ankle. Designed to easily slip on and off, divers find these booties are perfect for slipping on to walk around the beach or into a pair of fins. The Equator scuba diving boots also have a protective tall heel to help keep find straps in place and protect the back of the foot. These booties do not have drain holes and may allow water to pool when exiting water. These booties only weigh in at 0.7 pounds, so they are an excellent choice to pack for vacation. Please note that these booties tend to run large.
MATERIAL: 2mm nylon II neoprene, vulcanized rubber sole
BEST SUITED FOR: Divers who prefer easy slip-on, slip-off booties
TECH: Protective tall heel, textured sole for strong no-slip grip
ALSO SUITED FOR: Divers who may need to walk a bit on rocky or sharp shores
EXTRAS: Lightweight for travel
- Easy slip-on and slip-off
- Lightweight and great for traveling
- They do not dry very quickly
The Mares Classic Dive Boot in 3mm neoprene is designed for comfort and ease of use. The neoprene surrounding the ankle is super-elastic, for a close, comfortable fit. Meanwhile, the back of the dive boot has a rubber pad to keep your fin strap from slipping. A side zipper adds to the ease of use factor. These diving shoes are softer soled than other scuba dive boots, meaning that they are flexible enough to easily go on and off and into fins. However, it also means that they are not the best suited for walking on rocky, sharp or uneven shore. These booties may be better suited to a sandy shore or boat entry diver. Another aspect to consider is that they do not have a Velcro tab to keep the zipper locked in place. If you’re wearing full wetsuits, this most likely won’t be an issue. However, it may be something to note for divers wearing shorties or no suits. Also, please note that these booties tend to run large.
MATERIAL: 3mm neoprene, rubber back and bottom
BEST SUITED FOR: Sandy shore or boat divers who wear long-leg suits
TECH: Soft sole, high zipper to keep shore/bottom substrate from getting into boot
ALSO SUITED FOR: Divers who hate pebbles getting into their boots
- Rubber pad on the back grips the find strap, keeping it in place
- Has a higher zipper than other booties, keeping substrate out of boots
- Not suitable for rocky shore walking
Neosport Premium Scuba Booties come in 3mm, 5mm and 7mm neoprene thicknesses, covering the range of water temperatures that a diver may need to buy for. There is a water entry barrier (WEB) behind the zipper to prevent leakage along the zipper teeth. While durable, the sole is more flexible than other booties, which translates to being able to feel rocks or harder substrate under the sole of the foot when walking. The sole is, however, high-traction molded, meaning that the grip while walking is no-slip. These booties are easy to put on, come in a range of warmth levels and hold up well over time. Please note that the sizes run a bit small.
MATERIAL: 3mm, 5mm or 7mm neoprene
BEST SUITED FOR: Sandy shore or boat divers
TECH: Water entry barrier behind the barrier to prevent leaks
ALSO SUITED FOR: Divers looking for an all-around high-durability, high-traction boot
EXTRAS: High-traction sole
- High-traction sole with lightweight design
- Protection against zipper teeth leaking
- Flexible sole means substrate can be felt
Sole Firmness: Soft/Flexible vs. Rigid/Hard
The best dive boots really depend on your diving lifestyle. Booties which have softer, more flexible soles may be great for sandy walk-in dives, getting easily in and out of vacation fins, not adding extra heat to the feet, generally being lightweight and drying quickly, both of which are great for travel. Meanwhile, more rigid soles are defined by having hard bottoms which are molded into anti-slip patterns with walking in mind. These types of booties are better if you do rocky walk-in dives, need to walk across variable terrain before/after the dive, you need arch support or a lot of warmth and you want added toe/heel protection along with no-slip bottoms and fin strap zones — great for colder water divers, walking to the location or planning to be in the water, possibly on the bottom, for a while.
Sole Texture: Flat, Ribbed, Textured
As you may expect, the actual bottom of the shoe is important to its no-slip ability. Lighter booties, such as 3mm slip-on short booties, may have flatter bottoms, with barely any ribbing or texture which means they aren’t designed for heavy walking or more variable conditions. Medium-range shoes, such as 5mm zippered short booties, may have some form of ribbing in addition to a rather flat sole, indicating moderate-level of walking on the shore and potentially cool waters. Chunkier booties, such as 6-7mm zippered tall booties, may have highly textured soles which resemble hiking boots. They are capable of walking on any substrate, aim to keep the feet toasty and are also durable.
Zipper vs. Slip-On
Some booties are slip-ons and some have zippers. Simply put slip-on booties are usually for tropical locations — warm water and sandy or boat entry. Zippered booties are more durable to handle more difficult situations such as a rougher walk-in entry, rescue situations, working along the seabed and increasing warmth for cooler water divers.
Many divers would argue that the best scuba boots with zippers are those that have a zipper locking mechanism. The lock can involve a clasp or Velcro. The idea is that once the zipper is all the way up, the lock keeps it from falling mid-dive — something which can be quite annoying. This is important to keep water from leaking into the booties, making the feet cold.
Fin Strap Pad
Some booties have a special rubber section on the back of the heel designed to keep a fin strap in place. These sections are especially nice if falling fin straps mid-dive are something which annoy you. (If they do keep falling, also consider getting spring fin straps.)
Bootie Height: Short vs. Tall
In general, dive booties come in two heights: short and tall. Short booties are around the ankle, usually just above the bone. Short booties are often used in tropical waters or on boat dives where it is unlikely that a diver may brush their ankles against rocks. Tall booties sit higher up above the ankle by a few inches and protect the lower leg while preventing sand or pebbles from getting into the shoe.
Neoprene Thickness: 3mm vs. 5mm vs. 6mm vs. 7mm
Just like wetsuits, there are varying thicknesses of diving booties, ranging from 3mm to 7mm. Booties with 3mm thick neoprene are generally for warmer waters and recreational divers. The thicker booties, 5mm up to 7mm, are designed to keep feet warmer and are recommended for cool water divers, divers who are diving at night/deep (where the water might be cooler) and career divers who are in the water for a long time.
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