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Boat Shoes for Sophisticated Men

Originally at home on the water, the boat shoe makes its way onto dry land during the summer months. The boat shoe is named after its historical use: Sailing enthusiasts were looking for the perfect shoe that would offer optimised grip on the slippery and wet boat deck. They also wanted the soles to prevent scratches and scuff-marks. In 1935, an American hobby sailor developed a prototype model with the characteristic rubber sole still found on the modern boat shoe: it offers firm grip and is made from a leather that is more robust and resistant to (salt) water than a canvas shoe could ever be.

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These days, sailors wear specialist deck shoes on board their boats which look nothing like the original rustic boat shoe prototype. Modern models are flexible, very light-weight, and comfortable to wear. They also come in a variety of designs. Long leather straps usually serve as laces, which are also guided around the foot opening. Their understated elegance makes them a perfect match for chinos, airy linen trousers, or bermudas in the summer. Boat shoes are worn without socks – always! Just like the maritime style designs with elegant details by Santoni. These boat shoes will have you looking forward to your next sailing trip – a ready-made, fashionable summer look.