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Row Away in the Season’s Best Boat Shoes

April 6, 2011

Pants and jeans no longer sweep the floor, and trainers no longer rule the men’s shoe department. That has to be one of the best parts moving into an era where the main focus of Spring Summer 2011 men’s fashion is rolled-up pants and fine-looking shoes.

I for one am all for the current pant rolling trend. It brings out every single detail in a pair of shoes and flaunts it in its full beauty – and your pants or jeans won’t fray from you sweeping the floor with them. But the worrying part about pant rolling is securing a pair of shoes that has heads nodding instead of mouths gaping.

Try boat shoes. It can be a little tricky to pull off if you aren’t colour-coordinated and go off the beaten track with a black and mud-brown mishmash because you’ll end up on the wrong side of quirky. If not, put your own spin on things and play with the colours on this season’s best and you’ll have the ladies tripping.

A more casual and pared down version of the loafer, boat shoes are typically made of canvas or leather with rubber soles. They were invented in 1935 by Paul Sperry after he cut a siping pattern into the soles of his shoes after noticing his dog’s ability to run easily over ice or snow. Today, boat shoes are a dapper option for smart casual occasions best worn with the current pant rolling trend and it is also the easiest gentleman look to go sockless with.

Most men don’t have a problem with a simple pair in monochromatic colours, but I say travel outside your colour comfort zone with these. Just keep your pants a muted shade and let your shoes do all the talking.

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