How to Wear Boat Shoes with Shorts

Sperry has all the style tips you need on how to wear boat shoes with shorts.

July 24, 2019
in Style

Summer is finally here. The cook-outs, the beach days, the road trips, the soft serve. Not to mention the sun on our faces and the Sperry boat shoes on our feet. Yes. After a long, cold winter and rainy spring, ladies and gentlemen, we’re ready for our favorite summertime combo… boat shoes and shorts.

How to Wear Boat Shoes with Shorts: The Men’s Style Guide

Plush Washable Boat Shoe
Meet the ideal summer boat shoe for whatever the day or night brings. The Plush Washable Boat Shoe is 40% lighter and machine washable, and features a blister-free neoprene lining and removable cork footbed. These features add comfort and breathability—not to mention convenience. For a full day of summer activities, throw on your favorite cotton shorts (or swim trunks) and a graphic tee or polo. Don’t forget a baseball cap to deal with sun and, after a nice dip in the ocean, salty hair.

Authentic Original Boat Shoe
You can’t go wrong with the Authentic Original. Whether you’re wearing solids or prints, the A/O will give your look a classic-casual, laid back vibe. Each pair is made with durable, full-grain leather and features 360-lacing for total support. Feeling a minimalist look? Pair neutral colored shorts (khaki, washed blue, gray) with your favorite v-neck tee. Feeling bold? Go for a pop of color and a tropical short-sleeve button down.

Authentic Original Linen Boat Shoe
Lighten your look with the A/O Linen. Try these with some breezy linen shorts and a classic polo. A shock absorbing heel cup and cushioned Ortholite insole mean these boat shoes are comfortable and stable.

How to Wear Boat Shoes with Shorts: The Women’s Style Guide

Sailor Boat Shoe
Go pretty in pastel with a style that’s part classic boat shoe, part dressy sneaker. Satin laces add a luxe texture to the Sailor Boat, so you can up the ante on denim cutoffs or linen shorts. We also love wearing these with a crisp chino short, a flowy tunic and sunnies, of course.

Authentic Original Vida Boat Shoe
Make a statement in an eye-catching metallic boat shoe. For a less-is-more look, pair with cuffed light-wash or white denim shorts and a shirt with a subtle detail (we like a floral or stripe). For a more-is-more look, rock a complementary ensemble of distressed denim cutoffs, a tucked-in tank and an open button down shirt. The key is to be fearless with the A/O Vida and treat it like a neutral.

Crest Boat Shoe
Say hello to sporty. Made with lightweight canvas, moisture-wicking material and a memory foam footbed, your feet will stay comfortable, cool and dry in the Crest Boat Shoe during all your summer plans. Your denim shorts will have never looked better with a graphic tee. Your drawstring cotton shorts will have never looked better with a printed tank. This is our favorite casual women’s boat shoe for a reason.

For more styling tips, outfit inspo and our fave looks, follow @sperry and tag #SperryMyWay to show us how you wear shorts with your Sperrys.

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