There are so many amazing directions to take a classic boat shoe, that we become like kids in a candy store just thinking about it. Switching up the leather and outsole can create a totally new look. For this style we combined Horween's stunning Navy Chromexcel and a brown siped outsole to create a real stunner.
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 vibrant navy that will work perfectly with your summer wardrobe. 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 brown siped 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 natuaral 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. They have perfected their craft to the point where the industry's biggest and best names, including Sperry, use them for production. 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.
Boat shoes made in America to our quality level carry incredibly high price points. The Gustin model allows us to offer you a radically better value.
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.