dinghy hiking/trap boot size help please

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Greetings, two days ago I ordered a dry suit for Laser sailing.

I now have a question about footwear. I'm new to this, so please bear with me!

I need to know what size hiking/trapeze boot to get.
How many layers are there between my foot and the water?

Based on what I can tell:

1. My naked foot goes into a thin sock of some kind. i.e. layer 1.
2. I then slip into the dry suit, which has an attached latex foot, i.e. layer 2.
3. I then put yet another sock of some kind over the latex foot, to reduce wear on the dry suit latex against the outer boot, this being layer 3
4. I then put this into my hiking/trap boot which is then layer 4.

Is this correct? If so, I wear a US men's size 7 on my normal shoes.

What size hiking/trap boot would I buy to accommodate all the layers?

Thanks very much in advance,



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I'd say layer 3 is overkill, probably layer 1, too. You'd maybe want a very thin sock inside the drysuit if it's very cold; I've never worn any. In fact, I haven't worn anything between my feet and my boots for many, many years. I feel the neoprene alone is adequate insulation (that's why they're made of it).

But whatever you choose, best to try them on in the shop.
When wearing a drysuit, I wear a normal everyday sock then my drysuit and a very thin outer skin sock on the outside to save wear. It also assists getting the boot on and off. The outer sock I wear is a Gill spandex style one ( other makes are available ) Or a ladies stocking style sock will do. My drysuit books are UK sized and 2 x sizes up from what I'd wear when in normal sailing gear.