Boat-Shoe Lineup Has It All

You want color, they got color. You want comfort and support, they got both. You want them water resistant yet able to withstand a wet environment, no problem; they got that covered, too. Most important, sailors want their boat shoes to keep them on the boat. Grip is the common characteristic in new models. “You’re not going anywhere in this shoe,” says Michele Pytko of Sperry Top-Sider’s Sea Kite Sport Moc—except out to dinner, once you’re ashore, for all these models boast versatility, too. By

June 22, 2013


From Crocs, the brand that first appealed to sailors with a shoe that has a comfortable footbed and can go from land to sea and back, comes the slender Beach Line Boat Shoe for men, women, and kids. From $40,


With a look inspired by traditional Polynesian cultures and traditions, the maker OluKai presents the Kia’i II for men. Put to the rigors by the Hawai’ian Lifeguard Association, the durable sandal offers a rugged grip; a portion of sale proceeds go to guard programs. $70,


This handsewn boat shoe for men from Sebago is a classic. Docksides is constructed in the style of a sturdy moccasin, offering rawhide laces, corrosive-resistant eyelets, and slip-resistant, non-marking, solid-rubber soles. $100,


If you’re looking for a shoe that keeps your grip on, offers a removable footbed, and is made from water-resistant leather and mesh, check out the Sea Kite Sport Moc for men and women (pictured) from Sperry Top-Sider. $100,


The women’s Casual Canvas Boat Shoe from West Marine is designed as a slip-on. Canvas uppers and an elastic insert lend stretch to create a glove-like fit. Double layers at heel and toe provide protection. Non-marking soles provide wet and dry traction.


The Gill Baltimore for men offers the good looks of a hand-sewn moccasin in water-resistant marine-grade leather; inside, there’s plenty of impact protection. The style is finished off with a rawhide leather lace and non-corrosive eyelets. $125,

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