Not Your Dad’s
Boat Shoes

Best modern men's boat shoes in 2021 Best modern men's boat shoes in 2021

Not Your Dad’s
Boat Shoes

The classic style
is getting a durable reboot

Boat shoes are officially back and more badass than ever. You might remember the footwear of choice for Ivy leaguers and yacht club members as something of a tired trend, but David Coggins—acclaimed author of the new book The Optimist—begs to differ. He'll tell you that the heritage shoe is still just as smart and functional as it is timeless. An avid fisherman and exceptionally well-dressed outdoorsman, Coggins has crafted a special edition boat shoe with Maine-based Rancourt & Co., built to withstand the tests of nature all while looking equally sophisticated and easygoing.

Coggins x Rancourt & Co. Brown Chromexcel Boat Shoes

David Coggins sporting his special edition boat shoes with Rancourt & Co.

Coggins x Rancourt & Co. Brown Chromexcel Boat Shoes

David Coggins sporting his special edition boat shoes with Rancourt & Co.

Coggins x Rancourt & Co. Brown Chromexcel Boat Shoes

David Coggins sporting his special edition boat shoes with Rancourt & Co.

We got a chance to slip into a pair and have to say, they're as good as the boat shoes you remember, only more comfortable and better looking. Cut from Horween's Carolina Brown Chromexcel leather and finished with a natural rubber sole from the French company Reltex, they're incredibly comfortable out of the box and require no break-in time. The waxed leather and waterproof laces keep even the worst conditions at bay, while the hand-sewn construction ensures a lifetime of wear. Perfect for warm days in the sun and built to take a beating, these new takes on the classic will easily tackle whatever adventures you throw at them.

Other boat shoes refitted for 2021 include rugged upgrades and fashion-forward additions. A lug-soled pair will look right at home with some technical pants and a windbreaker on the trail, or, for a classier look, lean into the nautical origins and match with seersucker or linens. No matter how you wear this seasonal staple, don't forget to go bold with the style.

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The Best
Boat Shoes in 2021

Rancourt & Co. Coggins Brown Chromexcel Boat Shoe

Coggins brown Chromexcel boat shoe,
$315 by Rancourt & Co.

Polo Ralph Lauren Merton Suede Boat Shoe

Merton suede boat shoe,
$135 by Polo Ralph Lauren

Quoddy Downeast Nubuck Boat Shoe

Downeast nubuck boat shoe,
$180 by Quoddy

Timberland x Aime Leon Dore 3-Eye Lug Nubuck Boat Shoe

3-Eye lug nubuck boat shoe,
$170 by Timberland x Aimé Leon Dore

Sperry Leopard Boat Moccasin 3-Eye

Leopard boat moccasin 3-eye,
$225 / $90 by Sperry

Sebago Cayuga Boat Shoe

Cayuga boat shoe,
$180 by Sebago

This molded EVA version is so light, it floats

Authentic Original float boat shoe,
$44.95 by Sperry

Yuketen Angler Moc with Lug Sole

Angler Moc with lug sole,
$539 by Yuketen

L.L. Bean Allagash Bison Handsewns

Allagash bison handsewns,
$129 by L.L. Bean

Rowing Blazers Lug Sole A.O. 3-Eye Boat Shoe

Lug sole A.O. 3-eye boat shoe,
$160 by Rowing Blazers

Sid Mashburn Camp Moccasin

Camp moccasin,
$175 by Sid Mashburn

How to wear boat shoes

Wearer’s Choice

Boat shoes are a rare exception to the footwear rule; you get to decide whether or not to slide them on with socks or slip them on barefoot. Headed near the water? Ditch the mid-calf and let those toes be set free. Styling with a jacket and chinos? Suit up with pique socks for a dressy look.

NOTE: Items featured in this story are independently selected by the editorial team. Purchasing via our links may earn Valet. a portion of the sale, which helps fund our editorial mission.

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