It’s True, Boat Shoes Are Cool Again. Just Follow These Rules.

The “real” dad shoe is making a comeback.


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Once considered the oatmeal of footwear, boat shoes weren’t really setting heartbeats racing. But these days the  old-fashioned nautical shoe is making a comeback and one can even refer to them as “cool”.

Famous for being worn as part of a prepster’s uniform, we know they have a bit of a stigma.  When we think boat shoe, we think summer – going to the beach, afternoons with friends or if you’re lucky, sundowners on a boat. We like them because they look better than flip-flops and nearly as comfortable and easy to throw on.

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Try our simple style rules and you could be going on auto-pilot for the rest of summer.

Stick With The Classic

Somewhat of a footwear chameleon, boat shoes are easy to dress up or down. When styling your look,  think of them as a subtle counterpart to the rest of your outfit. We prefer them as their best versions of themselves – the originals. Think: Neutral leather, moccasin-style upper with rugged laces and a slip-proof rubber sole.

Get Some No-Show Socks

Unless you’re experimenting with some new take on ‘80s prep, it’s best to keep your ankles bare. But don’t avoid socks completely or your boat shoes won’t hold for more than a few weeks. We suggest to get some no-show socks made for low-profile shoes.

Go For Shorter Length Pants

Boat shows lend a tremendous versatility and can be worn with  slim-fit chinos, pants or jeans. Shorter length pants – be it cropped pants or ones just skimming at the ankle, (a small roll-up of your pants cuff is just as effective) – are an effective way to get an effortlessness look that’s necessary for a smart casual vibe.  Shorts are another option with the right context and outfit. Opt for a good fit, and pair them with a tailored shirt for balance.

Keep It Preppy

Considering  that the boat shoe is a preppy staple, it’s key is to keep your style classy. Boat shoes will never be bad-ass, so wearing them with a biker jacket isn’t necessary going to work. If you want to merge it with an urban style, keep things smart with tailored pieces, like fitted pants, a knitted golfer, and throwing over your favourite slim-fit leather jacket.

Related: How To Dress An Ankle Boot From The Boardroom To The Bar

Try The GH Bass Seafarer

The GH Bass Seafarer is the ideal choice in boat shoes. Take a look at its specs below:

  • Full grain leather upper
  • 360 raw hide lace
  • Genuine handsewn upper
  • Non-slip genuine rubber outsole
  • Non marking outsole
  • Siped-designed outsole for traction

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