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    And that's exactly it; a loafer will always look the better option, so why bother with an inferior choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    And that's exactly it; a loafer will always look the better option, so why bother with an inferior choice?
    Because I'm fussy when it comes to more formal styles, so I need to save and search before I buy my dream pair. In the meantime, I need something that looks relatively smart and I can wear in more relaxed situations. I refuse to wear sandles or espadrilles. Boat shoes are the perfect median.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    And that's exactly it; a loafer will always look the better option, so why bother with an inferior choice?
    dissagree, its not an inferior option but can give a more casual look to the outfit.

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    True, and it's not always neccessarily the more casual option. A well structured, smart boat shoe is smarter than some slightly more flimsy loafers you see floating around, particuarly on the highstreet.
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    Boat shoes are also far more practical and comfortable than loafers. The rubber sole is a lot more useful if it's slightly damp out, or if you are going to have to do a lot of walking. And as Nath says, you need to drop decent money on a good pair of loafers. No point doing so, and then wearing them out just casually knocking about. Top quality boat shoes should be 70-80 max, whereas loafers can easily break 200.

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    I believe an updated boat shoe article is in order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nath6644 View Post
    True, and it's not always neccessarily the more casual option. A well structured, smart boat shoe is smarter than some slightly more flimsy loafers you see floating around, particuarly on the highstreet.
    'Smart' and 'boat shoe' is an oxymoron. I wouldn't wear flimsy, unstructured loafers either though. I will always associate the boat shoe with the Hollister crowd; they are ubiquitous and all too often worn by plonkers in head to toe Hollister/Jack Wills logos. An item of clothing can be ruined by association and, for me, the boat shoe falls foul of that.

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    Well the Hollister crowd and also JFK off duty but you know...

    I didn't like them last year but I'm warming to them slightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    Well the Hollister crowd and also JFK off duty but you know...
    He wore them on his boat. Which is allowed.

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    That's a good point :')

    Well, the polo shirt came off the tennis courts and into our everyday lives, so I don't see why boat shoes shouldn't, even if I still am a little apprehensive about them.

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