Boat shoes have been around for a very long time, in fact, the first boat shoe was invented in 1935 in Connecticut by Paul A, Sperry.
His inspiration for the boat shoe came after he noticed that his dog was able to run on ice without slipping, he did it by cutting thin slits across the soles of his shoe which and the rest was history.
He then went on to start a company called Sperry Top-Sider which is a still popular boat shoe brand until this day. In 1970 boat shoes evolve from being a shoe for sailors to casual footwear.
It then turned into a fashion trend in the 1980s-1990s which then died down but made a come back from 2007-2008 and continued in the 2010s. Today boat shoes are worn everywhere in the world as everyday wear and also on special occasions by all ages.
If you are looking to purchase a boat shoe but don’t know where to start looking, then this article will be very helpful to you as I have put together a list of boat shoes for you to choose from.
Top 10 Best Boat Shoes for Men
1.Sketchers Relaxed Fit: Elent-Mosen
First up on the list we got Sketchers Men’s Relaxed Fit Elent-Mosen, this shoe has a very stylish design with its suede texture and its side canvas overlay details suitable for casual wear when you are out hanging out with friends.
The whole design of the shoe is also made for comfort which makes it also suitable for traveling, from its relaxed fit which means that it is designed for a roomy comfortable fit to its Memory Foam Cushion insole making it comfortable.
It also has a shock-absorbing supportive midsole making it easier to walk. With its stretched laced and padded heel collar it makes it easy to slip on too, so when traveling it makes it easier to take off and wear the shoe.
Shock Absorbing Midsole
Padded Heel Collar
2.Dockers Vargas Handsewn Boat Shoe
The Dockers Men’s Vargas Handsewn Boat shoe has a shoe upper that is made from genuine leather making it suitable for a classy office casual look in this modern-day work environment.
It gives a laid back look but at the same time classy enough to be in the office. Of course, you can choose from different colors available to fit with your outfit.
Also, it has a look that is suitable for an outdoors date as well as other outdoor occasions like an outdoor wedding.
Aside from that, it has an EVA footbed with EVA heel cup for comfort so it makes it bearable to walk around in it. So, if you are in sales and need to walk around to meet clients not only the shoe fits the office casual look but also is suitable for the job requirement.
Cushioned EVA footbed, molded with EVA heel cup
Construction is handsewn
Construction flexible for all-day wear
Rubber outsole for wet surfaces
3.Sperry Mako 2-Eye Boat Shoe
If you are looking for a classic boat shoe look then the Sperry Men’s Mako 2-Eye boat shoe is an option to choose from.
Having a leather upper and rawhide laces gives this shoe a rugged look which makes it suitable to be worn with jeans but at the same time, the shoe can be used for a more neat or tidy look as well.
It also has a Wave-Siping outsole for extra traction which makes the shoe very suitable for wet surfaces, so the shoe is also wearable during rainy days or seasons.
With its shock-absorbing heel cup and padded tongue to enhance its comfort, the shoe is also appropriate for situations where you need to run errands or the store.
Leather Upper that is hand-sewn
360-degree lacing system
Rubber outsole that is non-marking
Wave-Siping outsole for better traction
EVA foam heel cup
4.Timberland Piper Cove Fg Boat Shoe
The Timberland Men’s Piper Cove Fg boat shoe is made out of leather and textile which has a style is suitable to be worn with shorts or pants.
It has an L7 lug outsole for superior traction on most surfaces, which was design for the harsh New England winters which also makes the shoe very good for nautical adventures.
The boat shoe also uses an anti-fatigue technology build in the outsole design for long days of walking, so its good for activities like taking a walk in the park and it also has geometric cone support which helps with shock absorption and standing for a long period of time.
Premium leather upper
Removable anti-fatigue footbed
L7 lug outsole for better traction
Cotton Laces (100%)
5.Dockers Beacon Boat Shoe
The Dockers Men’s Beacon boat shoe is year another casual style boat shoe that made its way into this list. So, if you are looking to add more casual styled boat shoe Dockers Beacon boat shoe may be suitable for you.
The shoe is treated with Never Wet, it is basically a water and stain guard so if you ever been in a situation where food drops or spilling of water you don’t need to worry too much about stains and spills.
The shoe is also made for easy slip-on with double goring on each side and uses an anti-microbial technology for odor control as well as promoting good foot health.
Never Wet Guard
Lightweight EVA outsole
6.Sperry Topsider Bahama Two-Eyelet Boat Shoe
Sperry Topsider Men’s Bahama Two-Eyelet boat shoe is a shoe that is made for everyday wear you can basically pair this shoe with any of you everyday casual wear outfit.
This casual boat shoe is one that is very durable as it has a vulcanized construction between the upper and the outsole strengthening the attachment between the upper and outsole.
Unlike your traditional leather boat shoes, this boat shoe is 100% made from textile so it is more suitable for stylish wear rather than doing outdoor or water activities.
360-degree lacing system
Rust Proof Eyelets
Rubber Outsole, Non-Marking with Razor Cut Wave Siping
7.Sperry Top-Sider Billfish Ultralite Boat Shoe
Just as its name suggests the Sperry Men’s Billfish Ultralite boat shoe is a shoe that is made to be lighter than the other Sperry boat shoes, in fact, its is actually 28% lighter.
The shoe upper is made off premium nubuck and full-grain which is a type of leather, which increases the shoe durability for a long time. The shoe is also very breathable which makes it suitable for hot climates like the summer.
If you are looking for a boat shoe that is light with good comfort and durability than this shoe is a good choice.
Upper made from premium nubuck and full-grain
EVA heel cup
Adaptive Wave-Siping for less slippage
8.Margaritaville Anchor Lace Boat Shoe
There is nothing really special about this boat shoe but this boat shoe is still a boat shoe that can be in your consideration when purchasing a boat shoe.
Although, there is nothing special with this boat shoe it is still a solid boat shoe as it has all the essential features that you want in a boat shoe from durability to comfortability.
All in all the Margaritaville Men’s Anchor Lace boat shoe is a solid choice for casual wear.
Durable rubber outsole
Soft padded collar and tongue
9.Columbia Bahama Vent PFG Boat Shoe
The Columbia Men’s Bahama Vent PFG boat shoe is a casual slip-on boat shoe that is made for being around wet surfaces and it is also a lightweight boat shoe.
This boat shoe has a vented midsole and has a breathable and waterproof construction with Omni-GRIP design to have a high grip across different types of wet terrains.
With such features, this boat shoe is very suitable for activities like fishing on a boat, by a lake, etc. So, if you are looking for a boat shoe that is waterproof and lightweight then this boat shoe is for you.
Wet Surface grip
10.Timberland Classic 2-Eye Boat Shoe
If you are looking for a boat shoe that has a more laid back style look and is a very stylish then Timberland Men’s Classic 2-Eye boat shoe is for you.
Although this boat shoe has the essential function of a boat shoe which is having good traction to prevent slip, in my opinion, this boat shoe is more about fashion style and comfort.
The workmanship and quality of this shoe are grade A in my opinion and if you are a fashionable person this shoe may be a good selection to match your outfit.
360-degree rawhide lacing
Rubber outsole sipping
Premium full-grain and nubuck uppers
These are just some of the boat shoes out there which I find worthy to be reviewed. I hope after reading this article you will be able to filter down your selection of boat shoes as there is plenty of boat shoes out there and can be really confusing to pick one.
In picking your boat shoe always remember what is the purpose of you buying the boat shoe in the first place, is it for fashion? or outdoor activities? and so on, so that you can make use of the boat shoe rather than just buying one and end up keeping it on a shoe shelf.