The Boat Shoe Resurgence

In the recent months we have seen the increasing popularity of the boat shoe, which poses no surprise because it is a classic silhouette. Various brands have taken inspiration from the archetypal profile and have really produced some dope pieces.

Sperry Top-Sider has consistently delivered the classic boat shoe and has the industry going nuts with collaborations (ie Band of Outsiders, J. Crew, etc…) and exceptional styles that seem disappear once they reach the sights of style message boards (superfuture). For The Greater Good has one of the doper models in stock, a Chukka model, that are in a consistent high demand and not sold at most Sperry stockists. Last week, the Compass Show in Vegas debuted some of the upcoming Sperry’s, which, I must say, have really caught my eye.

The tweed deck shoe is a must have!
Tweed Deck Shoe
(Courtesy of

Jealous of a fellow RMJ member for having these.
Patent Sperry

Currently available at FTGG in 3 colorways: Black, Brown w/ Pony Hair, Tan.
Sperry Chukka

Band of Outsiders x Sperry Wool Boat Shoe (2008)
BOA x Sperry

More pics and info after the jump.

Converse, notably infamous for their Chuck Taylor and Jack Purcell, have recently delved into the boat shoe market and the result has been impressive. After everyone and their mother collaborated with Converse to produce some type of Chuck Taylor or variation of a Chuck Taylor, Jeff Staple, owner of Staple Design, has collaborated with converse recently to produce a boat-inspired shoe with the ‘staple’ Pigeon colorway/logo. Although these were a highly anticipated release, I’m more excited for the Marine Sea Crisps. Great spring/summer shoe.

Staple x Converse
Staple Pigeon Boat

Converse Marine Sea Crisps
Marine Sea Crisps
(Pic courtesy of


Vans, the notorious skateboard clothing/shoe company, has launched a relatively new style (in comparison to their other classic styles) that most of us have probably noticed: the Zapatos Del Barco. Simple, affordable and a slight fusion of the their skateboard and boating inspiration. This snakeskin style is especially dope.

Snakeskin Del Barco

Lastly, Visvim, a brand on the higher-end of the fashion spectrum, in relation to the previous brands mentioned have produced a few varieties of the boat shoe, most notable in their Hockney style. Easily one of my favorite brands, they continue to produce aesthetically pleasing clothing, accessories and footwear.


Be on the lookout for more boat inspired shoes to roam the streets this spring/summer.


One Response to “The Boat Shoe Resurgence”

  1. The grey one’s shown in the BBC lookbook have been on my mind for months now.

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