Boat shoes guide part 4

Boat shoes guide

Boat shoes guide part 4

This guide is all about boat shoes, including the history of boat shoes, their characteristics, how to break them in, how to take care of them as well as how to wear them to best effect with the rest of your wardrobe.

When and how to wear boat shoes, number 4:

In regard to material, chrome & oil-tanned cowhide seems to be ideal, but you’ll also see them in suede and patent leather.
You should reserve your boat shoes for casual days at the lake, a relaxed picnic or when grocery shopping in the summer but you should never wear them for dinner parties or anything that has a hint of formality and this is just my personal preference.

Breaking in boat shoes, number 1:

First of all, choosing the right fit is essential and very important. Boat shoes should more or less fit like slippers, meaning tight enough to hold your foot securely without limiting its flexibility. There is a rough guideline that there should be a thumbnail of extra space between the top of the big toe and the end of the shoe, but take it with a grain of salt since it really depends on your toes. When you buy a pair of new boat shoes, especially if they happen to be the traditional kind, and you intend to wear them without socks, you have to break them in properly. Depending on the leather and shape of your foot you may experience painful blisters until the shoes are molded to the contours of your foot. In time, they will fit perfectly. Lately, there are quite a few boat shoes on the market that are made of Chromexcel leather from Horween. It is so soft, you will likely not experience any break-in period at all.