Cruising around in boat shoes | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 17, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 17, 2019

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Cruising around in boat shoes

The boat shoe had a humble beginning with only one major concern — clinging to wet and slippery surfaces with its steadfast grip!

This enigma of a shoe was originally designed by sailor Paul Sperry in 1935. Sperry realised that shoes with grooved soles would do a much better job at prevention of loss of balance, and thus during his lifetime the boat shoe almost became a standard footwear for all sailors.

As said earlier, that was only the humble beginning. Much later on, this shoe became a sign of wealth, and affluence, ultimately soaring to the level of high fashion.

If you are sporting the boat shoe today, try coupling it with neoprene shorts and V-neck tee’s; there’s a high chance that you are indicating you also own a catamaran! Perhaps not in real life, but where’s the fun in that?

So, if you are thinking of wearing the boat shoe this summer, you should opt for colourful shades, and never make the mistake of pairing boat shoes with socks.

Another word of advice would be, avoid oversized clothes, baggy jeans, basically everything ‘80s that are still stockpiled inside your wardrobe. Instead try to couple the boat shoe with close-cut and trendy garbs. And if you have the body for it, by which we mean the legs for it, directly go for the neoprene shorts; one of the biggest SS19 fashion trends!

 

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