Boat shoes guide part 2

Boat shoes guide

Boat shoes guide part 2

Characteristics of boat shoes, number 1:

Traditionally they have mid- to dark-brown leather uppers. Today, uppers are available in both canvas and leather in various colors and patterns. Uppers are treated to repel water and to be stain-proof and they are hand-sewn and top-stitched.

Characteristics of boat shoes, number 2:

They have moc-toe construction. They traditionally feature a 360-degree lacing system but are also available in other styles and usually have three or two eyelets. Laces are traditionally made of the same materials as the uppers and now available with conventional laces.

Characteristics of boat shoes, number 3:

They traditionally have white, non-marking rubber soles. However, they are now available in a variety of colors. Soles have a herringbone pattern carved into them.

Boat shoe styles, number 1:

Apart from the obvious, when out boating, boat shoes can be worn in a variety of ways.  In everyday wear, they can replace your sneakers and loafers. One point on which there has been a much-heated debate is whether they should be worn with or without socks. Boat shoes were originally meant to be worn without socks (for practically while boating) but in an urban setting, according to one school of thought, they should be worn with socks. However, most people do not wear them with socks, and this contentious issue is best left to your personal preferences and comfort since at the end of the day there is no right or wrong answer. If you are concerned that your bare feet will sweat too much, but you do not like the look of socks, you may want to try a cotton insert.

Boat shoe styles, number 2:

Some purists only wear either the Sperry Top-Sider or the Quoddy Men’s Boat Shoe. These styles most resemble Paul Sperry’s original design. However, there are a variety of high-quality manufacturers who offer comparable models.

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