Hailing from their humble beginnings back in 1935 when they were invented by sailor and outdoorsman Paul Sperry, boat shoes have been a fixture of the man’s summer wardrobe ever since.
Their style coupled with functionality make them among one of the best summer shoes that any man with a sense of style can own. While not succumbing to the extremely casual sense of flip flops or sandals – although they have their place, boat shoes are a perfect addition to any man’s ensemble when looking to carry themselves well during the long and hot summer days.
Being able to be paired perfectly with a pair of chinos, shorts, or chambray shirts, boat shoes are a go-to classic for men looking to have the grip of a sneaker while enjoying a good inflow of air through their many grommets and often mesh and leather construction.
Can You Get Boat Shoes Wet?
One of the most common questions that men have when it comes to boat shoes is whether or not they can get them wet.
After all they are called boat shoes right?!
Well, generally speaking, it’s ok if boat shoes get wet. By this we mean, if there is some water (salt or fresh) splashed on the leather upper itself, it’s likely not going to be a big problem.
There are even some guides online that go so far instructing men to purposefully get them wet in order to break them in fully.
From our experience, and from what we gathered in our research, it’s best to leave boat shoes dry on land.
It’s not necessarily that they can’t get wet, it’s more so that they shouldn’t.
Even if the leather on the shoe has been treated to resist water, the coating will eventually crack and break down if its constantly going through wet and dry environments.
Therefore, if you are looking for a pair of shoes that you can wear in the water, we would recommend water shoes or even sandals (if you want to retain more of a casual look).
16 of The Best Boat Shoes For Men
Here’s a list of the top brands (in alphabetical order), that will instantly upgrade your summer style: