We might not be spending much time on boats, but this sea-inspired shoe makes everywhere feel like the Med
The boat shoe has been around the block – or, perhaps, the dock – a few times. Coming in and out of fashion more often than tie-dye (which we like at the moment by the way), the boat shoe can be tough to pull off, because they have you balancing the style tightrope of looking like a sailing club dad, or like you're waiting for your sailing club dad to die so you can inherit his pile in the Hamptons.
Recently, though, boat shoes have had a bit of a credibility boost courtesy of Miuccia Prada, who gave them a revamp in her Spring / Summer '19 collection, where they were done up with pops of fluorescent colours and more contemporary silhouettes. They're also the foundational footwear of prep 2.0 (or is it 3.0 this time?), an aesthetic carefully curated by brands like Rowing Blazers, Noah NYC and Aimé Leon Dore; think preppy college kid, but your college was in Queens, NYC and you commuted on a skateboard.
Like all the best menswear, the boat shoe endures because it just works. It's fundamentally a superb summer shoe: slouchy, comfortable, and happy dressing up or down. It's just a case of what you pair the shoes with. Poorly fitting salmon coloured chinos? No thanks. Wide-leg, cropped denim? Yes please. The boating shoes can also work wonders in the winter, even if the old' 60 footer is tucked away in the dock. Opt for leather of suede if you're feeling adventurous and aim for a chunky sole to help you glide over those murky puddles. Whether you're a paid up member of your local yacht club, or snigger every time you hear the term 'poop deck', these are the best boat shoes you can buy right now.