Boat Shoe Basics

Supportive sneakers have their the gym. We hear your calls for comfort and ease, but hear ours: show some style! Click through for our favorite boat shoes and moccasins, ready to replace tennis shoes and improve your off-duty fashion.

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All-American Prep

When in doubt, pick up this preppy basic in true blue denim.


Tommy Hilfiger boat shoe, $59;

Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger

Original Style

By now, Sperry knows how to make a boat shoe. We love its freshest incarnation, done up in feminine floral.


Sperry Top-Sider boat shoe, $85;

Photo courtesy of Sperry Top-Sider

Merry Moc's

If you've been turned off by the rough-and-tumble, unisex look of most moccasins, here's a pair for you. Sweet and girly, with a low scoop and prominent bow.


Boden casual moccasins, $88;

Photo courtesy of Boden

Plaid to Meet You

Up the preppy ante by throwing in a bit of madras plaid. It's sure to bring you to Cape Cod (in spirit, at least.)


Dexter boat moc, $27;

Photo courtesy of Payless

Yacht Club Couture

For the woman that just can't stand to be seen out of heels, voila: Boat shoes, with heels!


BC BC wedge deck shoe, $117;

Photo courtesy of ASOS

Try Tri-Color

Match with everything this summer. The key? Picking a basic shape with three colors.


Etienne Aigner lake slip-on flat, $69;

Photo courtesy of Endless

Sea Legs

In some fashion circles, the more beat-up, the better. This one gives you major style (and sea) cred.


Ralph Lauren "Theodora" suede boat shoe, $275;

Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren

Canvasing the Neighborhood

For a twist on traditional, look for unique fabrics. This canvas and jute pair are part preppy, part earth child.


Tory Burch canvas boat shoe, $150;

Photo courtesy of Shopbop

Color is Key

Looking to liven up a simple tee and shorts combination? Let this plaid pair do all the talking.


Lauren Ralph Lauren "Breeana" boat shoe, $50;

Photo courtesy of Endless

Shine On

Give this classic style a kick with the latest trend: metallic! We've fallen for the glam makeover it gives the preppy staple.


Cole Haan Air "Tali" boat shoe, $168;

Photo courtesy of Cole Haan

Society Sail

Patent leather, gold accents and a small wedge....the fashionista inside of us is officially sold.


Libby Edelman "Bristol" boat shoe, $69;



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First Published April 20, 2011

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