Our buying guide for the Best Men’s Boat Shoes for 2017 highlights the best designs for the coming season. A wardrobe essential for modern gents who love to stay on top of the latest fashion trends, Boat Shoes are timeless, comfortable and effortlessly stylish, and as they complement all smart-casual attire, they make a versatile addition to any menswear collection. The history of Boat Shoes dates to the early 1930s when they were designed for boatmen who needed a practical work shoe with a firm foothold on slippery decks. Fast-forward some 80 years, and Boat Shoes, also referred to as Deck Shoes, now feature in every spring/summer footwear collection, where they are available in a choice of colors and fabrics to suit all kinds of weekend activities and outdoor adventures.
Rancourt & Company Men’s Read Boat Shoe
The Rancourt & Company Men’s Read Boat Shoe ($250) is the versatile choice for sophisticated gents who love to mix up their look with quality footwear. Handcrafted from the finest leather and handsewn in the traditional Moccasin design, these classically styled Read Boat Shoes look great with shorts, chinos, and smart-casual weekend attire, yet they are fully functional deck shoes with non-marking soles and non-slip leather laces. Made in the United States, they can be worn with or without socks to complement your unique style.
Quoddy Blucher Men’s Boat Shoe
Fully customizable to complement your spring/summer wardrobe, Blucher Deck Shoes by Maine Shoemakers Quoddy ($275) are made to order, finished by hand, and designed to last a lifetime. You get to choose the color of the leather upper, the sole, the laces and even the thread used to stitch these designer boat shoes together, and they come in 4 different widths to ensure a comfortable fit. A real investment piece, Blucher Leather Deck Shoes will take you from the ocean to the yacht club, and just about anywhere in between.
Sperry Topsider Men’s Boat Shoe
The original deck shoe reinvented for the modern man, Sperry Topsider Men’s Boat Shoes ($94.95) take comfort and style to a whole new level. Designed for wear at sea and on land, they feature genuine leather uppers, Sperry’s signature 360° lacing system, and non-marking rubber soles with innovative Wave-Siping™ for enhanced wet/dry traction. Available in a choice of colors, sizes, and widths, these iconic boat shoes will make a stylish addition to your smart-casual wardrobe.
Sebago Handsewn Men’s Boat Shoe
If you are looking for a pair of quality deck shoes for weekend escapades and boating adventures, look no further than these Handsewn Men’s Boat Shoe by Sebago ($110). Available in a choice of fabrics including leather, suede, neoprene and canvas, they pair elegantly with shorts, chinos, and casual sailing attire. For comfort, these boat shoes have been crafted from a single piece of fabric, for safety they have been finished with slip resistant non-marking rubber soles, and for versatility they are offered in both classic and contemporary colors.
Eastland Men’s Freeport Boat Shoe
The Eastland Men’s Freeport Boat Shoes ($325) will take you just about anywhere. Crafted from the finest American Horween® Leather and handsewn by skilled Maine shoemakers, they are cool, comfortable and impeccably styled to add a touch of nautical charm to your spring/summer wardrobe. As you would expect from boat shoes of this quality, they are equipped with rawhide laces, a cushioned leather lining, and non-slip soles for stability on and off the deck. Available in four classic colors.