Our handcrafted Horween Boat Shoes are back in a one-time limited run. Honoring the timeless shape and details of this iconic style they're intricately made right in the USA using some of Horween's most beautiful leathers.
These Gustin Boat shoes are made from Chromexcel leather from the Horween Leather Company in Chicago. When you see and touch this leather, you instantly know why Horween has become the gold standard. The surface is smooth and slightly oily to the touch. The unique double-tanning process of vegetable and chrome treatments yields a supple leather that lends itself well to moccasin construction. The character this leather develops over time is really what makes Horween stand out. The leather takes on an incredible patina. The shade is a rich chocolatey brown. You can see subtle highs and lows as the oils in the leather surface breaks in. It’s leather that’s beautiful on day one and gets even better with time.
We've retained the iconic shape of the traditional 2 eyelet boat shoe and perfected the fit. Our last was designed to get the specific look and fit we wanted. Overall, the fit is very neutral and accessible. They are wide enough to be worn with socks, but will not slip off when barefoot. 360 degree lacing not only provides an aesthetic touch but allows you to snug up the heel for a custom fit. Our boat shoe features all of the classic elements including a rubber outsole for traction, premium rawhide laces, unlined Horween leather upper and brass eyelets. The crimping toe detail and "heel kicker" are a result of 100% hand sewn moccasin construction. These features are unique to true hand sewn construction and also provide an amazing look. Off white thread throughout the upper offers a stunning contrast to the beautiful natural leather. Our boat shoe is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe because they pair perfectly with jeans, khakis and shorts.
Our boat shoes are constructed by hand in Maine by a group of craftsmen with over 20 years experience making footwear. It starts with cutting the leather. Careful cutting without any stacking ensures only the best sections of leather are used across all the hides. The shoe's upper is hand-punched and hand-sewn with awl, needle, and thread on our proprietary last. True moccasin construction allows our boat shoe to wrap and mold to your foot resulting in a superior fit. Other, less expensive construction methods will be stroble stitched and the leather pattern doesn't actually wrap under the foot. A Gustin embossed full-leather insole and steel shank reinforcement adds to the comfort and durability. The lasted shoe is little-way stitched through the siped deck sole providing a durable, surface gripping outsole.
Gustin Boat Shoes run true to size. If you typically wear a US 9 or EU 42 or measure 9 on a Brannock device, we recommend ordering a US 9. If you plan on wearing no socks, we recommend sizing-down one half size.