The very name of ‘boat shoes’ likely conjures images of yacht decks and maritime voyages, but believe it or not, they long ago evolved past their origin as yachtwear. Today, boat shoes are a staple of everyday fashion, and thanks to their combination of style and versatility, they can go anywhere landlubbers want to take them.
They won’t ever look out of place on semi-formal occasions, (think: summer wedding or heading into work at a relaxed office), but they manage the tricky feat of substituting as trainers, to boot! Read on to have all your burning questions about how and when to wear boat shoes answered.
How do you wear boat shoes?
There are two secrets to pulling off boat shoes: never wear them with overly casual trousers or shorts, and make sure to show them off. Leave the tracksuits, joggers, and jersey shorts at home; instead stick to close-fitting pants, skinny jeans or tailored knee-length shorts that keep them uncovered.
If your trousers rest right on top of your deck shoe, the magic disappears, and depending on the design, you may give off the impression you’re sporting slippers rather than the fashionable footwear you’re wanting to draw attention to. That’s why you should keep your trouser length short - anything from ankle-length to knee-length works. Keeping the ankle visible guarantees the right details of the boat shoe are on display, leaving no doubt you’re properly “decked out.”
If you’re not comfortable baring your ankles, try pairing your shoes with a pair of skinny jeans or narrow-fit pants. That combination will show off enough of your boat shoes while keeping your ankle-modesty intact.