Whether you are a seasoned diver or this is your first time, you will need the proper equipment. Even though you are floating, your feet are vulnerable to a variety of hazards, which you should be aware of. What is the best way to protect them? What kind of footwear should you get? Before you begin, here’s what you should know.
What is the difference between diving boots and socks?
It is just as important to protect your feet in the water as it is on land. Scuba diving, like jogging, hiking, and other activities, necessitates the use of appropriate footwear.
What kind of footwear should I put on then? Boots or socks? These two diving shoes have a similar look but are used differently:
- If you are going to wear fins, socks are the way to go – soft, slightly reinforced neoprene socks.
- Boots will be mandatory for adjustable fins. They have a true sole, reinforced heel, toe, and underfoot sections, and a zipper for putting them on, making them firmer.
Consider the temperature of the water you will be diving in once you have decided on a pair of diving footwear. The colder it gets, the more layers you will need. This varies from 1 to 7 mm for socks and 3 to 7 mm for boots.
What about rock boots as a substitute?
What is the difference between rock boots and diving boots? Again, the resemblance is striking, but the application differs somewhat. Rock boots are similar to diving boots in that they are worn with adjustable fins, but they have more reinforced bottoms that give them a shoe-like appearance. They are great for walking on rocky terrain.
The term “rock boots” is frequently used in the industry to refer to diving boots, and this terminology can be misleading at times. Instead of focusing on the word, consider the form, reinforcements, material, and thickness of the shoe.
Finally, visit a podiatrist and a diving specialist before deciding on a model. The former’s inspection and the latter’s expert counsel will allow you to select diving shoes that are best suited for your foot morphology.
The importance of diving boots
Every day, you put on shoes to protect your feet from the elements and the risk of damage. You will need shoes that can walk in the winter, support you in the summer heat, and so on. Diving boots, likewise, give the required protection from the cold and the rubber of fins, which can irritate the skin.
It is vital to try on your diving boots before purchasing them. To avoid the problem that some divers experience when their feet get unnaturally enlarged, make sure they fit properly. When shoes do not fit correctly, they fill up with water and then hold it.
To dive safely, it is important to invest in premium equipment, from boots to fins to wetsuits.
What do podiatrists say about diving boots?
Your podiatrist will always advocate for quality in both material and fit, with any activity-specific footwear.
If you have a specific plantar problem, your podiatrist will be able to recommend one type of diving shoe over another based on your condition. This is why it is a good idea to talk to your doctor before making a purchase. Each individual, body, and foot is unique. These factors will influence the podiatrist’s decision.
The importance of protecting your feet even underwater
You must get well acquainted with the equipment, particularly the boots, before learning how to scuba dive. Boots or socks are required to protect your feet from damage, atmospheric pressure, and cold. You will be able to properly appreciate your adventure when you come well prepared.
Before purchasing any diving boots, see a FootNetwork podiatrist if you have any concerns or particular foot conditions.