The New Essentials

A Wave of
New Boat Shoes

Best men's boat shoes in 2024
The New Essentials

A Wave of New Boat Shoes

The preppy staple is back in a more relaxed, rugged form

The humble boat shoe has been around for a long time. Sperry Top-Sider originated the style with their signature Top-Sider shoe in 1935 and in the decades since, the Massachusetts-based brand has manufactured them for everyone from the U.S. Navy to preppy and sporting gents of all ages. But just because the iconic design hasn't needed much improvement for the past eight decades doesn't mean it couldn't benefit from a reboot.

After all, in an era of menswear when the “old money” aesthetic is being rediscovered by young people and all things “Dad” are being reworked in modern ways, it was only a matter of time before the quintessential prep slip-on was reworked. In 2024, the silhouette has taken on a more rugged air—gone are the candy colors and white soles, replaced with rough-out leathers and suedes, while some are grounded with thick lug soles. The end result is a little tougher and less blue-blooded. But the revival was inevitable. “Every few years there's another wave,” Lisa Birnbach, the author of The Official Preppy Handbook, recently told the New York Times.

Beefed up and ready for adventure, these new boat shoes pair well with fatigue pants and relaxed, washed denim but, of course, still look at home with your favorite chinos and summer suits. And despite all the changes, what remains is what always drew men to the shoe—an easygoing attitude and sturdy, non-slip soles. Here are a handful that are ready for days on the water or simply strutting down the street.

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Leather Slip-ons

Luca Terra Mule

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The Best Boat Shoes
for Men in 2024

Sperry by Chris Echevarria Authentic Original boat shoe

Authentic Original boat shoe,
$375 by Sperry by Chris Echevarria

G.H. Bass Hampton boat shoe

Hampton boat shoe,
$145 / $109 by G.H. Bass

Timberland 3-Eye lug boat shoe

3-Eye lug boat shoe,
$150 by Timberland

Sebago Schooner Docksides

Schooner Docksides,
$165 by Sebago

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Huckberry’s Spring
Footwear Picks

Astorflex Patnoflex Loafer

Patnoflex loafer,
$198 by Astorflex

Huckberry is now home to some of our favorite footwear brands. From Astorflex, which has been crafting shoes the old-fashioned way in their family-owned factories for generations, to comfortable and hardwearing brands like Birkenstock and Sabah. And don't forget their in-house Luca label, which specializes in stylish and effortless styles crafted from natural materials such as supple suede and authentic crepe rubber soles, made from the milk of the Hevea tree. Here are the team's top suggestions for Spring 2024.

Luca Huarache Slip-on

Hand-woven Huarache slip-on,
$130 by Luca

Birkenstock Boston Clog

Boston clog,
$160 by Birkenstock

Sabah Leather Slip-on

Leather slip-on,
$210 by Sabah

Luca Terra Mule

Terra mule,
$110 by Luca

Polo Ralph Lauren Merton boat shoe
Polo Ralph Lauren Merton boat shoe

Merton boat shoe,
$140 by Polo Ralph Lauren

Sperry Authentic Original boat shoe

Authentic Original boat shoe,
$110 / $57.94 by Sperry

Brooks Brothers Sconset camp moc

Sconset camp moc,
$198 / $99.99 by Brooks Brothers

Todd Snyder x Rancourt Ranger moc

Ranger moc,
$275 by Todd Snyder x Rancourt

Quoddy Whiskey canoe shoe

Whiskey canoe shoe,
$249 by Quoddy


Dries Van Noten Italian suede boat shoe

Italian suede boat shoe,
$630 / $271 by Dries Van Noten

Thursday Boot Co. Lug sole boat shoe

Lug sole boat shoe,
$145 by Thursday Boot Co.

Mr P. Caspian suede boat shoe

Caspian suede boat shoe,
$325 by Mr P.

Yuketen Land Barca Tosca boat shoe
Yuketen Land Barca Tosca boat shoe

Land Barca Tosca boat shoe,
$660 by Yuketen

L.L. Bean Casco Bay boat shoe

Casco Bay boat shoe,
$99 by L.L. Bean

Vinny’s Aztec boat shoe

Aztec boat shoe,
$370 by Vinny’s

Origianl Sperry Top-Siders 1935


The original Top-Siders sold for
$4.50 a pair back in 1935.

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