DOONEY & BOURKE
These were stiff out of the box, but the wetted shoe in our test proved more supple and comfortable than the untested one. That’s a testament to the leather quality and the desired characteristic of boat shoes — standing up to water for years. From our experience with boat shoes, these will weather nicely hugging the foot. We agree with the manufacturer: Order a half-size over your normal shoe size.
Italian leather uppers are handsewn to a durable siped outsole.
The foot bed is cork-lined beneath a fast-drying closed-cell foam insole. The eyelets are of Swiss stainless steel. Fresh from the box, the leather is stiff but finished in a way to mold to your feet as the shoes age. The rubber soles are sticky on smooth surfaces. They are available in black, dark brown, biscuit navy, paprika, white and midbrown.
DRAINAGE: These shoes didn’t drain, but the oiled leather dried completely in less than an hour.
TRACTION DRY: 30 degrees TRACTION WET: 30 degrees
DUNK AND DRY, 1 HOUR: 0% DUNK AND DRY, 2 HOURS: 0% SIZES: Half-sizes from 7 to 11 medium, plus size 12 medium
COST: $135; dooney.com