Boat shoes, a staple of every self-respecting WASP’s footwear collection, have returned for spring, and this year’s crop features fun colors, patterns, and a more feminine shape. I’ve never even been to Connecticut (although eating lobster at Jessica’s parents house is on my bucket list), but man do I love me a boat shoe. Wear them with cuffed boyfriend jeans or your favorite sundress–they seriously go with anything. Click through to check out some of my favorite pairs of the season!
When I started seeing boat shoes in stores and fashion editorials I thought they were awesome — comfortable, versatile, with a laid back preppy vibe — but I quickly found out that not everyone shared the sentiment. My boyfriend, for example, who, upon seeing a photo, said, “I guess if you really like them, I could learn to like them too.” And my friend Katelyn, who was a bit more direct: when I picked up a pair while we were out shopping she grabbed them out of my hand and said, “Winona, seriously, you cannot buy these shoes.” I asked her why and she replied, “Because they’re ugly.” So, what do you guys think? Are you rocking boat shoes or wishing this trend would hurry up and sink? [Sperry Top-Sider Slip-Ons, $80]
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Sometimes designers try to put their spin on a classic style, creating something completely amazing. Boots with heels, for example, are a wardrobe staple now, but when they first debuted, did the combo puzzle people? Still, adding height to normally flat shoes doesn’t always work. High-heeled sneakers have yet to take off in a big way, and we have a feeling boat shoe-style stilettos, like this pair designed by Dsquared2, won’t either. Plus, these cost a whopping $695. [via Luxist] Keep reading »