How to Wear: Boat Shoes
A lot of men struggle with one simple accessory.. shoes. Do sneakers look okay with this? Should I wear dress shoes with these khakis? Are my feet too ugly for flip flops? I am sure these are questions wives get asked everyday. Well I have a simple solution for all of your mens shoe woes.. boat shoes.
This is the first time in a long while that a shoe trend has been so popular in menswear. All of a sudden you saw companies like Sperry Top-Siders, Sebago and Toms marketing leather, suede and even patent boat shoes. They can compliment any look and are a new classic for any mans wardrobe.
If you are always up on what is new and stylish, go for tri-coloured boat shoes. It looks like colour blocking is here to stay and what better way than to show it off with some eccentric boat shoes. Wear them with simple jeans and a graphic print t-shirt. Go as bold as you want! You can try boat shoes in different patterns and colours that show off your unique style.
Boat shoes are an absolute staple in the “preppy” mans wardrobe. The possibilities are endless. Pair them with your coloured chinos, your khaki shorts, heck even with your swim trunks. If you want to look like you just stepped off a yacht in Montauk, these are the shoes for you. They come in prints that every Yale graduate would die for including stripes, plaid and gingham. Another trend you could try is rolling up your chinos into man-pris. These will show off those boat shoes and more importantly your toned ankles. Head to Ralph Lauren to pick up your polos boys! This is the perfect accessory for you.
Not only are boat shoes stylish but they are functional. Lets say you are on vacation and plan on doing a lot of walking.. you want to wear a comfortable shoe right? Well then pack those boat shoes. They can be worn with jeans, khakis or t-shirts all for a casual look. Some even come with a thicker sole for a more athletic feel. Another good idea is suede boat shoes. The soft leather gives your feet more room to expand, which is a huge asset when walking long distances.
Now I know your go-to shoe for dressing up is a pair of loafers. While these are a classic, think about updating your professional look. Add a pair of leather or patent leather boat shoes to your wardrobe. These can actually make your suit look edgier and more stylish. This was a trend that flooded the runways this season so don’t be intimidated. Just remember, if you are wearing a grey or black suit there is no need to ruin it with brown boat shoes. Remember the basic fashion rules of a suit and stay with one colour scheme!
The 3 rules of boat shoes:
Rule #1 – Never wear your boat shoes lighter than your pants or shorts. The only exception to this is white boat shoes.
Rule #2 – Don’t wear socks! If you must, go for something that will not be visible.
Rule #3 – Make sure your feet don’t smell! Wash them with anti bacterial soap daily and be sure to sprinkle foot powder in the soles to keep them in top of the line shape!
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Written by Hilary Flint for OhWowYouWoreThat