Chatham Marine recognised for its sail cloth deck shoes

Chatham Marine, a leading UK deck shoe brand, recently beat stiff competition to win the highly acclaimed Design Award for Marine Equipment (DAME) in the Crew and Clothing Accessories category with its sail cloth deck shoes; the first ever British engineered sail cloth deck shoe for the European market.

Commenting on the win, Philip Marsh, managing director of Chatham said, “We are delighted to have been recognised with this prestigious award, which we consider to be the most important in the marine industry. The recognition of this award further establishes our position as an innovative deck shoe designer and manufacturer.”

Considered to be a prestigious design competition for new marine equipment and accessories, the DAME awards recognise excellence and innovation in design, and take place each year at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam.  This year 115 entries from 25 countries across the globe were received.

Chatham launched its new sail cloth G2 professional deck shoes for summer 2013 at METS.  Chatham has designed four styles using Contender sail cloth - Fibrecon and Contender for men, and Elysse and Beam for women.  Sail cloth is an exceptionally lightweight, water resistant and durable material, making it a great textile for use in deck shoes. All styles are built on the sole kit used for Chatham’s successful Schooner G2 and Sloop G2 deck shoes launched last year.

Chatham chose to use Contender because it’s the world leading sail cloth maker and its woven sail cloth uses only the highest quality Dacron and polyester yarns, which were selected for their strength, UV resistance and flex characteristics.

Designed for durability and featuring Chatham’s two year guarantee, the Fibrecon® G2 is a men’s deck shoe with a modern twist - a lower profile and a more ‘sneaker’ style look available in white and navy - and the Contender® G2 is a more traditionally styled men’s deck shoe in navy.  Both are lace-ups.  For women there’s Elysse G2, a traditional lace up deck shoe and Beam G2, a feminine ballet pump boat shoe.

Chatham’s sail cloth deck shoes feature non-marking soles and suction pads, which ensures exceptional on-deck grip.  The padded foam foot-beds provide comfort from day one.

Chatham footwear is available from John Lewis, Debenhams, chandleries, independent retailers nationwide and online at

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