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Comfortable, versatile and summery, this footwear is a go-to in male wardrobes. Find your pair in our catalogue of men's boat shoes, made from the finest leather with a standard of craftsmanship backed by over 140 years' experience.
Boat shoes are a simple, lightweight, classic men's shoe that is both versatile and sporty. They have become an essential part of any man's wardrobe, summer after summer. This is the footwear to be in when out at sea.
They were very popular in the '80s, and in recent years men's boat shoes have enjoyed a revival, thanks to the versatility that makes them look good with everything. It is also an extraordinarily comfortable type of shoe.
And we cannot fail to highlight their summery character; boat shoes are a standard part of many men's wardrobes in summer, given the versatility and comfort mentioned above.
Features of boat shoes
Boat shoes can be identified by the stitching on the vamp; a notable feature of all the models we can find on the market. The ridged rubber sole is another essential feature of boat shoes, used in water sports where a non-slip sole is required.
Some models have a lace that runs round the edge, although not all boat shoes have laces. It is a very suitable shoe for temperate climates and the summer season. The range of colours means they can be combined with many different outfits; they come in brown, blue, red and many other colours.
Types of men's boat shoes
The men's boat shoes on the market today vary according to their intended use, design and manufacturing materials. We can find them in fabric, smooth leather, velvety leather and plastic materials, among many others.
At Lottusse, we create different classic designs made from the best cowhide and calf leather. Always with light rubber soles that will be durable and provide the essential anti-slip factor we look for in this type of shoe.
You will find both boat shoes with laces and loafer-style boat shoes. Both will be sewn on the top of the vamp, in carefully planned classic designs that provide maximum comfort. This makes them one of the most popular types of men's footwear for the summer season.
How to wear men's boat shoes
Something we should always remember is that these are essentially informal shoes, so they are not recommended for formal or upscale events. For such occasions, it is always better to choose Oxford shoesorBlucher shoes.
They are usually worn with summer shirts or polo shirts and shorts. In this way, you can achieve a casual look, to which you could even add a nautical style jacket. They can also be combined with chinos, a shirt and a jumper if it is chilly, without losing that informal elegance.
In short, they are ideal with predominantly casual clothing such as shorts, jeans, Bermuda shorts and even swimming trunks.
History of boat shoes
The origin of boat shoes goes back to the first decades of the twentieth century, when their popularity increased among the male population with high purchasing power. They used this footwear for sailing, but the design was not yet perfect and the grip was minimal, which made it difficult to go up on deck.
In order to be able to use them on wet surfaces, Paul A Sperry, a water sports lover, created a grooved rubber sole with which they would achieve greater stability and avoid slipping on deck.
This type of sole became popular all over the world, and the classic boat shoe sole is still used today in the different models on the market.
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