If you’ve ever wondered why divers wear dive boots, this will explain why, what thickness and for what purposes.
Some divers prefer wearing neoprene boots, or as they are affectionately referred to, “booties.” Dive boots can also be necessary to protect your feet from the chafing of fins, or injury from sharp objects such as jagged reefs or shipwrecks. There are several types available. Learn here how to choose a pair of diving boots based upon their thickness, sole, cut and size.
Dive boots are made from the same material as wetsuit neoprene. Expect them to affect your feet in the same manner your wetsuit affects the rest of your body. Dive boots will keep your feet warm. If you are diving in warmer waters, you can wear boots that are thinner (the thinnest is usually 2mm). If you are diving in extremely cold waters, consider buying a pair of boots that are much thicker, all the way up to 7mm and above. A general rule of thumb is that your booties should be consistent with the thickness of your wetsuit
Your dive boots sole and cut should be based upon the type of diving you will be doing. Obviously, if you are planning on spending a lot of time on the ocean floor, invest in boots with a thick sole. There are plenty of sharp objects on ocean floors and reefs, as well as walls, structures and shipwrecks. These could puncture a thin sole causing major injuries.