Get On Board With The New Wave Of Deck Shoes

The deck shoe — also known as the topsider or boaty — has been a preppy wardrobe staple since 1935, when Paul Sperry used
his penknife to cut grippy ridges into the soles of his rubber trainers.

Now, the style — identified by its top-sewn, moccasin-esque upper with woven lacing and a non-mark white sole
— has been taken in a new direction by some of the biggest names in fashion.

Lanvin’s block colour suede styles feature a super- grippy, Lego-esque sole, while Louis Vuitton’s have something of a hiking boot
manner about them — with a thick ridged base, padded ankle strap and Epi calf leather upper.

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While, somewhat suprisingly for a brand which specialises in down jackets, Moncler’s pared-down deck shoes are laid back and pleasingly elegant. Whichever pair you go for, take Kim Jones’ cue at Louis Vuitton and wear yours with loose cotton twill trousers with artfully dishevelled turn-ups.

From left to right:

Louis Vuitton calf leather loafer in marine, £560

Moncler Guadeloupe brown leather boat shoe, £290 

Lanvin blue suede and goatskin nubuck, £455, available at the Lanvin store, Savile Row, London

 

Photography: Luke J Albert