How to age boat shoes

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The easiest way to age boat shoes is soak them in saline water and leave it over night. This process is explained in detail in the post: “How long do boat shoes take to break in”

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5 Tips for wearing boat shoes

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These are our 5 tips for wearing boat shoes.

Wearing boat shoes with shortsTip 1 – Clothing:

Wear boat shoes with casual wear such as chinos, khakis, shorts and jeans. Do not wear boat shoes with an absolutely formal attire or evening party wear.

Tip 2 – Socks to wear:

Ideally, you should not wear socks with boat shoes. But, if you must, you should wear non slipping boat shoe socks such “Mabua breathable no-show socks.” These socks will not be seen outside the shoe. This will make you feel trendy and comfortable at the same time. You can find more information about boat shoe socks in the post “How to select the best boat shoe socks”

Tip 3 – Shoe Lace Techniques:

Shoe laces can be tied in multiple different ways. Boat shoe laces especially can be tied in an attractive fashion using a Reef knot followed by a tassel barrel knot or just the tassel barrel knot. You can find more about these techniques in our post “Best way to keep boat shoe laces tied.” These knots will make your boat shoes look more trendy and also ensure that they are firmly tied.

Boat shoes in cool colorsTip 4 – Top brands:

Some people don’t mind wearing non branded stuff as long as it’s a quality product. However, when it comes to boat shoes not every brand delivers the best. Generally, the following brands sell top quality best selling boat shoes:

  • Sperry Top-Sider
  • Sebago
  • Timberland
  • Cole Haan
  • Rockport

However, Crocs is one of the brands that manufactures boat shoes exclusively for beach wear. They have some attractive designs & colors especially to be worn on the beach. Some of the Polo Ralph Lauren and Clarks boat shoe models suit well for office wear.

Tip 5 – Colors:

Boat shoes come in variety of colors. If you are not of the adventures type, you can stick to black, brown, tan, maroon, navy blue, dark green. These colors will work well for office wear. On purely casual occasions outside office, you can wear colors like bright red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, silver or gold. Of course, pink & purple is more suited for the ladies.

Follow the general color coordination rules. Whichever color you choose to wear, ensure that you match your accessories with the color of your shoes. For example, if you wear brown shoes to office, wear a brown belt and a wrist watch with a brown belt.

Here are some sexiest ways to wear boat shoes…

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Can boat shoes be worn with socks

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Boat shoes should ideally be worn without socks, but most people tend to wear boat shoes with special hidden socks. You will find more details about the kind of socks to wear with boat shoes in the post “How to select the best boat shoe socks.”Mabua Breathable No Show Anti-slip SocksBuy on Amazon

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Best way to keep boat shoe laces tied

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It can be quite a challenge to keep boat shoes laces always tied. Most lace locks and other lace fastening tools do not work with boat shoe laces. The best way to keep boat shoe laces tied all the time is by using 2 types of knots:

  1. First, you use a Reef knot to tie the lace
  2. Second, the left over portion is tied using a Barrell Tassel knot

Some people just do a Barrell Tassel knot and use their shoes like slip-ons. Images below describe the detailed instructions on how to tie the Reef Knot and the Barrel Tassel Knot:

Lace Instructions

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How long do boat shoes take to break in

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Depending on the type of boat shoe and brand, it can take several days to weeks for boat shoes to break in. If you’ve recently bought a pair of boat shoes and want to break in to them quickly, just follow these 3 steps:

Step 1: Take a small bucket and fill in water. The bucket should be slightly bigger than the size of your boat shoes.

Step 2: Add some common table salt in water bucket. Just 2 stable spoons should be enough. Wait till the salt is completely dissolved in water.

Step 3: Now, immerse your boat shoes in to the bucket. Ensure that your boat shoes are fully immersed in the saline water. Leave it for a day and a night.

Next day morning, wear your boat shoes while they are still wet and go for a walk around the park or do any exercises you may prefer. The shoes will dry out much quicker than you think. Once dried, you will realize that the shoes have already broken in.

This is the easiest way to break in boat shoes and avoid waiting too long and not to mention those rashes that people get while the shoes are new.

Warning: Above solution is good for most type of leathers, but may not work or spoil some boat shoes. So, please check with the manufacturer if you are in doubt. This method works best with Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes.

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