Named for its use by sailors, the boat shoe is also known as a deck shoe. While it was initially made for nautical use, its casual style and practical rubber sole made it a hit beyond that. Perfect for wear during the warm summer months, the boat shoe is one of the most-loved casual styles available.
You can also refer to these shoes as “driving loafers” or even just as “drivers”. They are essentially a moccasin-construction slip-on with a snug but comfortable fit. The defining feature are the small rubber pebbles that cover the sole and extend to the back of the heel – they are very flexible and provide added grip. Expertly engineered to keep your two feet as comfortable as possible while navigating the road on four wheels, the driving moccasin was the footwear equivalent of the Italian auto spirit, marrying luxury with practicality.
Arthur’s is a family-run custom menswear business, established in Montreal since 1978. We are specialized in crafting bespoke and made-to-measure suits, shirts, shoes and knitwear for men, working closely with some of the finest suppliers and fabric mills in the world.