For years now, boat shoes have been as popular on the high street as on the high seas. They’re something of a summertime staple, giving a relaxed, preppy look to your smart casual outfit, fitting in everywhere from weddings to festivals. But as popular as they are, boat shoes have a way of confounding the average wearer. Just how casual are they? Should you go sockless or proudly socked? Here are all your boat shoe queries answered.
Do you wear socks with boat shoes?
Boat shoes are designed to be comfy and airy without socks, and most people keep their ankles bare for the classic maritime look – preferably with no-show socks. If you’re going for an 80s preppy look, however, socks and boat shoes are definitely part of the uniform.