As the Spring persists and eventually fades into Summer, you hear more and more talk about boat shoes. With their modern origin dating back to about 1935, boat shoes are typically made from canvas or leather with non-marking rubber soles designed for use on a boat. What makes them stand out (from a design aspect) is that a siping pattern is cut into the soles. This pattern is designed to provide a better grip on a wet deck. When made of leather, oil can be applied to help repel water. A good boat shoe is bound to feature durable stitching.
Also known as deck shoes or topsiders, boat shoes are traditionally worn without socks. Today they can be found from many manufacturers with some having the traditional white, non-marking soles, while others may feature dark non-marking soles.
Boat shoes are versatile footwear that work with a variety of seasonal looks using khakis, chinos, jeans, shorts or cargo pants.