Fashion Trends: Boat Shoes Are In Style for Spring/Summer 2012

What Are Boat Shoes?

Boat shoes are back baby! The footwear, also known as deck shoes, are worn by both men and women. They are trending for spring and summer 2012 in great colors and with a variety of outfit styles.

Rockport Boat Shoes for Men

Rockport Men's Seacoast Drive 2 Eye boat shoes
Rockport Men's Seacoast Drive 2 Eye boat shoes | Source

The Advantages of Boat Shoes

Boat shoes are great footwear for many reasons. For women, it is nice to have the option of a shoe without a heel! The design is laid back rather than dressy yet has a cute look for ladies.

For men, the footwear style provides a casual option when runners don't suit the look or leather shoes appear too dressed up.

Boat shoes are also very easy to slip in and out of in a fast amount of time. While that benefit is similar to loafers, boat shoes have a more formal look than loafers. The bottoms of boat shoes are rugged as well, which gives them good traction on a variety of ground surfaces.

Colors and Color-Blocking

Color-blocking continues to trend in the fashion world for spring and summer 2012. The trend is even incorporated into boat shoes! Color-blocking refers to putting together two or more solid colors beside one another within one fashion piece.

Bright colors are big for spring and summer. Popping shades of red, orange, and yellow in particular are hot for the seasons. Apply the colors to shoes in addition to the outfit! Metallics such as gold are popular as well for the footwear.

Boat shoes in fun shades for men and women are a great way to step out of the brown and black footwear worn the rest of the year. Embrace the fun!

Color-Blocking

Get your color blocking on! Fun boat shoes for women come in many colors.
Get your color blocking on! Fun boat shoes for women come in many colors. | Source

Spring/Summer Outfits

Women

For women, pair the boat shoes with brightly colored blouses and the pleated skirts that are also trending for spring and summer 2012. While long maxi skirts and shorter skirts are both in style, short skirts better suit boat shoes. The shoes provide a fun, relaxed look without a heel needed.

Men

For men, boat shoes can be worn during spring and summer with casual pants or with shorts. Roll up the cuff of jeans to show off the entire shoe and an even more relaxed look. In a conservative colour such as brown or black, the boat shoe can also be worn as "office casual". Pair the pants with a polo shirt for a classic look.

Fashion Variety!

Boat shoes for women at Endless. Variety!
Boat shoes for women at Endless. Variety! | Source

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Brittany, you will want to tone the colours down in tone for fall if you do wear them during that season too.


Brittany 4 years ago

Can you wear them into the fall?


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Anna, I am fascinated with them as well! The colour just draw us in! Thanks for the comment, happy shopping too.


Anna Kathleen 4 years ago

Finally an article about boat shoe trends! Love this. I'm going to have to go out and buy some color blocked Sperry's now. They are at the top of my 'Want List' now. Thanks!!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Paige, there are some really cute styles for women. I love the bright colours for summer. Thanks for the comment :)


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Paige Ronchetti 4 years ago from Chicago

My husband hates wearing sandals, so he got a pair of boat shoes this year instead. He loves them! I'm thinking about getting some, too.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@MJ Joachim, I love seeing you here! So nice. Boat shoes are comfortable and now they're trendy too!


M. J. Joachim 4 years ago

I love boat shoes. They're right up there with moccasins and flip-flops:)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Jackie, they are similar to loafers but not so casual a look generally. I'm glad you like them too!

@Bill, well your personality does not match how you describe your clothing because you are anything but boring my friend! Thank-you for stopping by to read my hubs even when the topic is not one that meets your interests :)

@Maine, oh dear I do hope you find them!!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

They are just like colored loafers really, aren't they? So cute.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I actually like the multi-colored ones but can't see myself wearing them. I'm a bit of a bore when it comes to clothing and I'm the first to admit that although Bev will agree very quickly. :) Great hub as usual, Christy. Even when you write on topics I'm not particularly interested in I find your writing to be first-rate.


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Maine Photography 4 years ago from Portland, Maine

I looked on Sebago's website for the blue boat shoes with multi color grommets but couldn't find them. I must have them!!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Teaches, I also had not seriously looked at them before. They are a classic style with a fun colourful twist this year! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I like the look of the Bakery online selection for women. I have never considered wearing boat shoes before but with the updated looks of these, I would buy and wear them. Thanks for the interesting read on this topic.

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