Here’s an activity for you gentlemen. Look down at your shoes. Done? Good. Did you see anything down there that would suggest some sort of sailing activity? If yes, then bad.
Sorry guys, but unless you’re on a boat, leave the boat shoes at home. I know that you might be thinking: Beau they are comfortable, where I’m from everyone wears them, they are cool! My response is simply so what, who cares, and with a suit you just look like an idiot.
The last image you want to come across at work is that you’re some Nantucket bred trust fund baby who doesn’t really need this job. God forbid you wear these things without socks. This is work boys, you have a tie on, even in recess, put some socks on. You don’t believe me? Fine, pick up any fashion magazine, you don’t have to read this blog. Have you ever seen an ad for a man in a suit — not a white linen suit without a tie worn by some prima donna in the Mediterranean — while he was wearing boat shoes? It’s just lazy.
Never fear, I’m hear to help. You don’t want to lace up in the morning? No problem, just stay away from the boat shoes. And unless you want to look like your grandfather, let’s lump those penny loafers in here too. Here are some stylish, professional, and easy to wear shoes for those of you who don’t like to lace up every day.
Beau is a Capitol Hill staffer with a fabulous sense of fashion who would never think of wearing boat shoes to work. His column, Men’s Style (working title), appears here every week. If you have a question for Beau, please send it to capitolhillstyle (at) gmail (dot) com.