Posts Tagged ‘boat shoes


This Week’s Object of Lust: Nordic Boots

Winter is tough on clothes and there is no article of clothing that takes more of a beating than your shoes. With dress shoes, you can at least cover them up with overshoes. However, if you take your typical casual shoe out into the elements, you’re really throwing them to the wolves. The summer and fall, at least for me, has been spent wearing sneakers, boat shoes, loafers, suede chukkah boots and the like.  All of these shoes would be very quickly destroyed by the snow, salt and sand that accompanies the winters in Canada (and other northern climes). Not only that, but your feet are going to be absolutely freezing in a pair of adidas Sambas and you’ll be sliding all over the place in a pair of chukka boots.

What then? Well, I’ve got some good news, gentlemen. One of the coolest shoes for guys at the moment is the nordic style boot. Nordic boots look fantastically vintage (especially when they sport bright red or orange laces), they look even better when they get beat up a bit, they’re typically waterproof and featured thick leather and lining that’ll keep your feet warm. Plus, they often feature treaded soles that prevent slippage on ice, a design feature that no doubt arises from their icy, nordic heritage.

Now that I’ve got your attention (and your wallet open), there are a number of options. On the high-end are beautiful boots from french luxury outdoor company Moncler (above on the left), which are available at But, given that these ring in at about $800, they’re probably an unrealistic splurge for most guys, especially since they’re really only wearable in winter and fall and early spring. Which brings me to two cheaper alternatives: the Timberland Newmarket Nordic Hiker (above on the right) and, the fantastic new Nordic boots from Roots (picture at the top of the post). The Timberlands will set you back $120 on their website here, while the Roots boots are $198 and available here.  In my opinion the Timberlands lack the euro flair of the Roots version – and, buying from Roots supports a Canadian company. Best of all, Roots has everything in store and online at 25% off this weekend, so your new boots will only set you back $150. Think of that $150 as an investment in keeping your other shoes in good shape, your feet warm and your butt from getting bruised after a spill on the ice.  Just make sure you don’t grab the last pair of size 10s before I can get my hands on a pair.


This Week’s Objects of Lust: J. Crew’s Broken-in Sperry Topsiders

Like most people, I live in a city. As much as I’d like to be cruising the Caribbean in a yacht or enjoying Lake of the Woods on the weekend, that lifestyle is difficult to maintain alongside of work and can seem a world away at times. To that end, it’s always nice to be able to obtain a little slice of that lifestyle in the city. That’s why the Sperry Topsiders sold by J. Crew jumped out at me right away. Sperry is famous for making some of the best boat shoes in the world, with special, non-slip soles meant to be worn on slippery decks (hence the other name for boat shoes: deck shoes); these are examples of their Authentic Original line. J. Crew is one of the premier purveyors of classic, American-style clothing and many of the items they sell tend to have a timeless appeal.

Boat shoes always look better with a few years of salt and wear on them and since I’m lacking both the time and ocean access necessary to get that look, J. Crew’s assistance in the matter is greatly appreciated. I tend to avoid pre-distressed articles of clothing but I’m willing to make an exception for this great pair of shoes. They look as good relaxing at the lake as they do strolling through the city on a Saturday afternoon. A word to the wise though: leave the socks at home.


These shoes are available online at Shipping to both the U.S. and Canada are very easy with J. Crew, so no worries on that front. The shoes shown above are $98.00US. Canadians should keep in mind that duty will be required to be paid upon delivery.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 114 other followers

One Guy Blog Posts

May 2020

One Guy’s Style Official Twitter Feed