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fisherman’s sandals or boat shoes? — That’s Not My Age

Pictures: Neil Mackenzie Matthews. Boat footwear, Crew Clothes


This summer season, footwear has gone coastal. With nautical model inspiration blowing in from the harbour within the type of fisherman’s sandals and boat footwear. Beforehand related to the yachting set (or WASPs if you happen to’re on the opposite aspect of the Atlantic), most of us are sufficiently old to recollect Timberland’s deck shoe trending within the late-Nineteen Eighties and early-Nineties. Due to the Miu Miu spring/ summer season catwalk present, the smooth leather-based lace-up is again. And, Vogue has declared 2024 ‘the yr of the boat shoe.‘ Whereas I do just like the Miu Miu styling (the Jeffrey Campbell Boat Shoe is kind of related and approx £650 cheaper), the jury’s out on this nautical-but-quite-nice look. Maybe deck footwear are a bit too posh to push my toes into?

The OG boat shoe was invented by Paul Sperry, in 1935; after falling overboard he developed a non-slip sole (impressed by his cocker spaniel’s footpads); and Sperry continues to be a great place to buy sporty footwear, in the present day. I’m into the Genuine Authentic boat shoe in navy and conker, the stacked sole model and laid again Bahama sneaker-cum-boat-shoe-hybrid. Sebago is one other glorious model if you happen to’re searching for a tan leather-based pair, or why not whoop issues up with this jaunty Portland model. And, Timberland’s Traditional Boat Shoe has not too long ago blown-up on social media, I just like the chunky lug-soled model. Take my recommendation and lean-away from the Hamptons/ Hampshire vibe and put on deck footwear barefoot with rolled up cargo pants, a Miu Miu-inspired pencil skirt or midi costume and a chore jacket.



Impressed by Mediterranean fishermen of the Forties, the opposite nautical choice on supply has the breathability of a sandal mixed with the durability of a shoe. My favorite model this season is the Siracuse at Russell & Bromley, with an enclosed heel (that received’t flap about like most sandals) and supportive leather-based footbed. Head to LK Bennett for the same design in a smooth blush tone and Seasalt Cornwall for a stunning forest inexperienced.

The slingback sandals I’m sporting above are the Queenie from Grenson, obtainable in tan, black and white leather-based. There’s additionally a model with a chunkier, low platform sole. On the excessive road, M&S has a strappy fisherman’s sandal in tan and black, and Toast has a classy Italian leather-based choice by the family-run firm Fracup. In case you favor to buy small, Blackhorse Lane Atelier’s metropolis sandals are well-worth a glance. When it comes to styling, I like my fisherman’s associates teamed with a neat shirtdress or outsized boiler-suit. If the British summer season doesn’t present up this yr, these footwear additionally look good paired with socks and a water-resistant coat.

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Boat footwear or fisherman’s sandals, which summer season footwear will you select?


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