Despite their name, boat shoes are not simply for boating. From shorts to trousers, there are countless looks, styles, and occasions where the boat shoe can be worn.

This guide is all about boat shoes, including their characteristics, different styles, as well as how to wear them to best effect with the rest of your clothing.

Unique and striking design

Created with short laces, a rubber sole and tight stitching, the boat shoe has become a popular style with its unique and striking design.

Both appealing to the eye and sophisticated, this shoe offers the support and comfort of trainers, while maintaining a smart look when paired with any outfit.

How to wear boat shoes with the rest of your wardrobe? 

The boat shoe can blend itself with many different dress styles, depending on what you match it with.

If you’re going for a more casual look during warmer seasons, you can pair the shoe with shorts and a t-shirt. Boat shoes can also be worn with chinos and an Oxford shirt if you’re going for a more formal look.

Boat shoes were originally created to be worn without socks (for practically while boating) but in an urban setting, they can be worn with socks, it’s totally up to you.

The boat shoe is versatile, so you can easily pair them with a number of different looks depending on your own personal style.

Boat shoe styles

In everyday wear, boat shoes can replace your sneakers and loafers. Over time the shoe has evolved into many different styles, here are 3 of our favourite picks:
A style pleaser, the Viana is more than practical; it comes in a waxy finish or full grain leather.


A classic men’s boat shoe, the Yago will ensure that you’re ship shaped and Bristol fashioned.


The Lorena is an update of the classic men’s casual boat shoe, featuring contrasting soft leather uppers, removable insoles and lightweight, slip resistant Yacht sole.

If you’re looking to attain the ultimate laid-back, casual look, then boat shoes are what you’re looking for. Whether you’re on holiday or exploring your city, boat shoes will provide you with comfort, as they are easy to wear and can be adapted to suit anyone’s off-duty style.


Weekends are for easy living and downtime. Whether you’re having drinks with the lads, wandering cobblestone streets or planning a summer getaway, here are 6 weekend shoes that everyone should include in their wardrobe.

1. Lucas


With high-grip contrasting rubber soles and cushioned all-day comfort, the Lucas range driving shoes are ideal for summer getaways.

These leather slip-on shoes can be paired with chinos and a buttoned-down Oxford shirt, and their sheepskin-linings mean they can be worn with or without socks.

2. Bastos


An essential pair of shoes for any weekend, Bastos men’s slip-on shoes are hand crafted with soft woven uppers.

Ankle padding ensures additional support, and the soles feature innovative gel technology, which absorbs shock and adds all-day comfort.

3. Bariri


These smart-casual lightweight leather trainers with contrasting brogue detailing combine a soft natural grained leather upper with a contrasting rubber gel sole.

Ideal for a night out with the lads or a casual date, the Bariri range is available in Vintage Navy and Smooth Havana.

4. Viana


A classic men’s boat shoe that has been handcrafted with soft vintage leather uppers, removable insoles and a rubber sole that’s incredibly slip-resistant with maximum traction.

Viana is more than practical; it’s also a style pleaser and comes in a waxy finish or full grain leather.

Comfortable, breathable sheepskin linings mean these men’s deck shoes can be worn with or without socks.

5. Bilac


Step out in style every weekend with these men’s leather trainers. The Bilac trainers are handcrafted with soft leather uppers and feature ankle padding that ensures additional support.

They also feature our innovative rubber gel soles with Anatomic gel technology, for ultimate shock absorption and all-day comfort.

6. Tavares


These men’s leather slip-on shoes are your lightweight, easy-to-pack holiday go-to this summer.

Made with supple full grain leather uppers and a soft sheepskin lining for breathability, the shoe also includes elastic inserts to ensure the perfect fit.

Tavares pair perfectly with chino shorts and button-down shirt.

Shop the Anatomic Weekend Range here >>


This week we’re catching up with our newest social ambassador, Mr Jiver

Mr Jiver is a London based artist who has been making his name in the global graffiti scene since 1997 when he first picked up a spray can. Since being a student at London’s Central St Martins he has gone on to paint artwork all over the world, including; New York, Barcelona, Prague, Milan, across the UK and most notably Dubai, where he worked as part of a world renowned team of artists who successfully broke the Guinness World Record for the largest graffiti wall ever painted.

How did you get into what you’re doing today?

In 1997 I was at an exhibition with my Grandmother and she offered to buy me a book of my choice – the book I picked was Spraycan Art. I got home, opened the book and I couldn’t put it down. That was it, I was hooked. Graffiti and the burning ambition to have my name up everywhere was firmly installed within me. I have been painting on anything and everything ever since.

Detail of the @YouTube offices I painted in London

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What do you think makes you successful at what you do?

I’m passionate about what I do and always have been. I live and breath graffiti and my artwork. I wouldn’t be complete without them. I don’t feel satisfied or fulfilled if I’m not painting or planning my next painting. That need to create has pushed me to be successful.

@sterling_ldn @risegallery ???? #jive #abstractism #graffuturism #croydon

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How important is it to be sociable in your job?

There are certain aspects of my ‘job’ which are solitary and some which are sociable; when I am creating my paintings I like to be alone with music, my thoughts and a bottle of brandy.

On the flipside, being sociable is very important for my artwork; being influenced by other people’s ideas, the way light hits certain objects, everyday mundane shapes, colours on tube seats, different coloured leaves that are layered in a tree, these and many other things are all things which I take in while in sociable situations which I can take back to my studio and use in my paintings.

I really enjoy the mixture of both

What inspires your style?

I’m very lucky to be surrounded by a great family and an amazing group of friends who inspire me on a daily basis. Music and how I’m feeling on the day are also very important influences both in my artwork and fashion style. If I’m feeling calm and listening to something chilled then everything will be slightly subdued and calm, if I’m feeling angry and listening to drum & bass then everything will be more aggressive and intense.

Out and about @anatomicco #jive #london #anatomicco #shoes

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What do you look for in shoes?

I’m a very active person. I’m always painting, out and about or walking the dogs so I look for a shoe/boot that’s durable, comfortable and also stylish.

What Anatomic & Co shoes are you wearing today?

Carlos Vintage Castor



@anatomicco #anatomicco

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Describe Anatomic & Co shoes in three words.

Stylish, comfortable, durable

What does being ‘in good company’ mean to you?

Paint, a canvas or wall and some music. If I’m not painting then being with my lady, friends and the dogs.

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Often, many dress shoes do not have enough traction, which may cause you to slip and slide around on wet pavements and other slippery surfaces.

On rainy days, its important that you have a sole that keeps you upright and at the same time, on trend.

Rubber Soles


Rubber soles provide shoes with added resistance and flexibility, and when compared to leather soles, they have a much better traction.

Rubber soles are also watertight and are more discreet – they don’t make a solid impact sound when you walk.

Overall, rubber soles are more comfortable for walking because they absorb foot strike impacts better.


Leather Soles


Leather soles undoubtedly look smart, and they are often easy to replace. If cared for correctly, they can last for many years. 

However, leather soles are not great in rainy conditions as they are not watertight. If your leather shoes are soaked, water will get into the shoe, leaving your feet wet and uncomfortable.

Anatomic’s Panorama and Suzano shoes feature durable leather soles with rubber touch points to provide additional comfort. The non-visible rubber also helps prevent water from getting in the shoe and are great for slippery conditions.

Anatomic Gel Technology

All the soles of Anatomic & Co’s shoes are created with Anatomic Gel Technology. There isn’t any gel in the soles but the soles are made of a rubber material mixed with a special gel (a secret ingredient used by no other shoe brand), which makes the soles incredibly flexible, bouncy and comfortable.

The soles and insoles by Anatomic & Co also have a memory, so once you take your shoes off and leave them to rest, they go back to their original shape ready to look after your feet the next day.