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Why boat shoes are the go-to summer staple piece

This summer, switch up your kicks and take your boat shoes out for a walk.

What was once considered a practical shoe designed to provide grip on a wet deck has since seen a renaissance of sorts in the past few years. Boat shoes are making a comeback and in huge waves with the luxury fashion industry cashing in as well.

Boat shoes also have their own distinctive style; you can’t pair it with just anything. Picture the modern-day preppy look — a Ralph Lauren Polo tee or an Oxford shirt paired with some khakis. Throw on a pastel-toned sweater for good measure and make sure it’s draped around your shoulders for that “I-just-pledged-for-a-frat-I-can’t-pronounce” look.

But there is more to the look than just being preppy. Boat shoes are highly comfortable, which makes it great to walk in for hours on end. It’s also durable to many weather conditions, making it a pair that will last a lifetime when taken care of properly. Over the past decade or so, we’ve seen this trend skyrocket to where it is today.

If we have convinced you of this look, be sure to scroll down to check out some of our favourite pairs.

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LV’s interpretation of an authentic style comes in the form of the Summerland boat shoe. It features a blend of the House’s emblematic grained Epi leather alongside plain calf leather. It also has a chunky and treaded rubber outsole and Louis Vuitton-engraved eyelets to boot. This is the perfect boat shoe to live the yacht life with.

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To really make a statement, it doesn’t get any better than Christian Louboutin and its Roller Boat shoes. The leather is coated in an all-black colourway coated on the buffed calfskin. It also features the brand’s signature element — spiked studs in a black-tone metal all-over the outside of the shoe. To top it all off, a crisp white outsole and the bright red sole at the bottom.

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When it comes to leather boat shoes, Timberland will always be a reliable choice due to the quality of its leather as well as the design of its shoes. The upper is made of premium leather from an LWG Silver-Rated tannery. You can also spot the traditional handsewn construction of the shoe, down to the little details like its rawhide lacing.

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Nothing screams preppy more than a pair of Ralph Lauren Merton leather boat shoes. Its buffed leather features a rich tan colourway with a round moc toe. There’s also raw leather laces that go around the sides and the vamp. The Ralph Lauren logo is also embossed on the front of the shoe

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The Italian luxury menswear brand is no stepover when it comes to the fashion game. Such is the case for its leather footwear, especially its boat shoes. The suede leather is ideal all-year-round thanks to its breathable canvas. All of its shoes are made in Italy with traditional lacings and rubber soles to boot. There are four colours to choose from — green, brown, navy, and beige.

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Wi-Liam Teh
Senior Writer
Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.
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