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5 Days, 5 Ways: Boat Shoes

Yes, they're still cool

By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Jun 9 2021

Boat shoes have gotten a bad rap. Sure, they immediately conjure up the jerk jock in every ’80s teen movie, but doesn’t that mean they’re due for a renaissance?

After all, this casual slip-on shoe is oh-so-easy to wear, and looks stylish with all kinds of outfits. And this summer, that combo matters more than ever. I mean, if I were just concerned with making your style easy but didn’t care if you looked good, this would be a “5 Days, 5 Ways: Flip Flops.”

Below, discover five ways to wear boat shoes this summer:

boat shoes: Sperry

polo: Fred Perry | chinos: Everlane | bag: sold out! (similar)

SG Says: A camo bag is perfect for outside-the-house errands (don’t forget your mask!) and looks great with olive green and leather accessories.

Afraid of blisters? Sweaty feet? A pair of no-show socks will keep your feet comfortably – and stylishly – cool. It’s the refined, casual shoe to wear all spring and summer long.


band collar shirt: Club Monaco | jeans: Acne Studios

SG Says: I’ll forever love a layered look and don’t care who knows it! This one still feels summer-appropriate, thanks to a linen band collar shirt and lightweight sweater.

To get that “zhushed” stylish look, push up your sleeves and turn up the cuffs at your ankles.


chore coat: (similar)| shirt: David Donahue | shorts: Target

SG Says: A denim chore coat is perfect for summer with a pair of chino shorts.

Tuck in your shirt, but leave the jacket buttons untouched.

SG Says: A denim chore coat is perfect for summer with a pair of chino shorts.

Tuck in your shirt, but leave the jacket buttons untouched.


jeans: Levi’s | bracelet: Miansai | fob: Kingsman

SG Says: If you’re “not a shorts guy,” consider white jeans as a way to make a summer style statement. With a camp collar shirt and leather accessories that complement your boat shoes, you’ll look extremely sophisticated and feel crazy comfortable.


swim trunks: Saturdays NYC | towel: Pendleton (similar)

SG Says: A perfect outfit for a socially distanced park hang.

// Shop #SGapproved boat shoes //


Want to check out more ways to wear your favorite summer pieces? See five ways to wear a linen shirt and espardrilles.