The right pair of scuba booties will help your dive be more comfortable. You don't want to have to worry about getting chaffed or your feet swimming in your dive boots while you are trying to enjoy yourself underwater.
Before you can purchase your fins you need to buy your diving boots first. This way you will ensure you get a proper fit with the scuba fins you are using. So let's get going and read our tips on how to buy the best booties for you:
(If you also need information on purchasing fins, take a look at our guide to buying dive fins.)
You need to decide how thick you want your dive boots. Dive boots are made of neoprene, like a wetsuit. Most scuba diving boots come in thickness ranging from 2mm to 7mm.
It's not a requirement, but as a rule of thumb, your boots should be the same thickness as your wetsuit. This is because, similar to a wetsuit, the thickness you want is determined by what type of diving you will do.
If you are only diving in warm water, like the Caribbean, you can go with a thinner material.
A pair of 3mm high top dive boots with zipper
A dive boot of 2-5mm should be more than sufficient for warm water diving. If you are a cold water diver, you would probably want a thickness of 5+mm.
For more information, check our wetsuit thickness guide.
What type of sole you need is based on what type of diving you will be doing. If you plan on doing mostly shore diving, you will want a thick sole to help you go over rocks, hot sand, etc. These are sometimes referred to as monster soles.
If you only do boat diving, a thinner sole will be sufficient.
As far as the cut goes, if you are doing warm water diving a low cut or mid height is the best bet. No need to have that extra weight and buoyancy if you don't need it. However, you will need it for warmth in cold water diving so if that's what you do, choose a high cut boot.
A pair of low cut pull on dive boots
Higher cut boots typically have zippers to make them easier to get on and off. Thinner boots are sometimes slipper type style - no zippers and you just pull them on and off.
For the correct size, start with your shoe size. Unfortunately, scuba boots only come in whole sizes so if you are a half size, try rounding up as a start.
Sizes for scuba booties are quoted in mens sizes. So women should subtract 1 (possibly 2) size from their shoe size as a starting point (womans size 7 = mens size 6).
Scuba dive boots should fit similar to a shoe, a bit snug but not too tight and not too loose. Your toes should not be curled up in the end of the boot. If this happens, go a size up. Hopefully, your feet won't be swimming in them.
Caring for your dive boots is pretty much the same as caring for your wetsuit.
Hopefully this buyers guide to scuba booties will help make purchasing this piece of scuba equipment a little easier. They are one of the easier pieces to purchase so go ahead and have fun.
If you need help in choosing the right fins, you might find these pages useful:
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