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, depending on how fancy your BBQ guest list is. 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. 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.
im电竞官网-Who said boat shoes can't be fun? Pair these with light blue denim jeans, cropped with cut hems and a tie-dye t-shirt. Have a grey cardigan handy, for when it gets cold on your new mega-yacht.
Colour Block Boat Shoes, £515,
im电竞官网-GH Bass make bloody good shoes at a bloody great price and its all-black boat shoes will help you steer away from any Waspy overtones. Try them with white selvedge jeans, a denim shirt and a blue Breton tee (for just a hint of nauticality).
Jetty II Boater Black Leather Pull Up, £100,
For a more formal option, try Brunello Cucinelli's grey suede boat shoes with a tailored pair of pleated trousers and a Cuban collar shirt. Mixing in some chunky jewelleryim电竞官网- will add a touch of spice to the look.
Grey Suede Boat Shoe, £510,
If you've always been a firm believer in the boat shoe, treat yourself to a pair by John Lobb. Made with impeccable craftsmanship, this pair will be with you for life. Style with casual tailoring for a more sophisticated look.
Isle Leather Boat Shoes, £970,
Holidays will eventually be OKed, and when they are, Church's boat shoes will have you prepped for wandering the streets of Milan. Be sure to also pack in your suitcase a pair of Patagonia nylon shortsim电竞官网- and a lightweight chambray shirt to wear with them.
Rubber Maske Boat Shoes, £376,
In an attempt to make his shoes slip-resistant, Paul Sperry, the brand's eventual founder, cut grooves into the soles of a pair of leisure shoes. It worked and the boat shoe was created. This less practical pair are made with buttery brushed suede, which probably isn't worth risking near seawater. Instead, think sunny garden parties, paired with light blue jeans and a white shirt.
Authentic Original Brushed-Suede Boat Shoes, £245,
Russell & Bromley offers a smart, contemporary take on the boat shoe by crafting the upper from a woven navy calf leather. Opt for pleated suit trousers and a tucked in plain, navy t-shirt (silver necklace optional, but highly recommended).
Dexter Navy Leather Weaved Boat Shoe, £145,
Chunky soles are a winner in our books. Not only do they offer you a little extra height, they can give a shoe a touch more character – very much welcomed when it comes to boat shoes. Pair with your favourite style of workwear trousers, a white tee and an unbuttoned Oxford shirtim电竞官网- over the top.
Mid Brown Leather Classic 3-Lug Boat shoe, £145,
Taking its inspiration from bye-gone times, almost every pair of Yuketen shoes is hand-made. Including these chunky soled, black nubuck boat shoes. Now to save up for the matching black yacht.
Angler Moc Nubuck Boat Shoes, £445,
im电竞官网-OK, these are kind of cheating. They're not technically boat shoes, but very close and very mega. Kings of the wave of prep 2.0, Rowing Blazers makes a colourful, corduroy chukka boot that we never knew we needed.
Cloud Original Corduroy Chucka, £225,