The Summer's Best Boat Shoes Are Built for the Streets, Not the Seas




The preppiest, daddest shoe around just got a much-needed reboot.
The preppiest, daddest shoe around just got a much-needed reboot.  

There are a whole lot of dad vibes in fashion these days. In the last few years, dad hats, dad jeans, and, of course, dad sneakers have all made the leap from fusty to fashionable. But somehow, boat shoes-the daddest footwear of all; the ones your pops still wears to all manner of cookouts, camping trips, and baseball games-were left behind to rot, too normcore even for normcore.

Or that was the case, anyhow, until 2019 rolled around. Thanks to designers like Prada, a whole new breed of boat shoe is emerging: slicker and brasher and altogether cooler, more reflective of the adventurous spirit one would expect of footwear designed for the decks of yachts. The timeless mocassin shape and sturdy non-slip soles mostly remain the same, only updated in new colors and materials that fit your weirder, wider-ranging wardrobe. Here are eight forward-thinking pairs to slip into all summer. Your old man'll be proud.

The Grail-Level Boat Shoe

The Space Age Boat Shoe

The All-Conditions Boat Shoe

The OG Boat Shoe

Three More Boat Shoes We Love

Originally Appeared on GQ

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