Becoming popular worldwide in the 1980s, boat shoes have proved to be an easily accessible and comfortable form of footwear typically designed for wear without socks. Long lasting and originally made from canvas or leather they are highly durable which is also due to the stitching and application of oil to repel water. They are closely linked to sports due to their durable nature and 'siping' pattern cut into the soles for extra grip.
After becoming fashionable, styles were developed to include more design variations and different soles and fabrics. Brother2Brother stocks boat shoes by Ralph Lauren which, whilst maintaining the original levels of comfort and accessibility, are more fashion conscious then some previous designs. They provide the wearer with a shoe that works with a smart or casual outfit and provides an illusion of wealth and understated class and grandeur.