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    My battle with boat shoes



    So here's a bit of background... I grew up with a very "punk" attitude and my wardrobe was a mixture of "I dont care" mixed with a bit of "F___ you". In college I, on more than 1 occasion, found myself in scuffles with greek life. Our ideology just didn't mesh at the time. Now that its all a few years behind me and I am all grown up my wardrobe is adjusting accordingly. I find the classics just work on me and I'm building a good base while still maintaining a bit of edginess just to piss ppl off(I know I know I just cant rid myself of my past completely haha). This brings us finally to the subject of boat shoes. I have for years associated these with the negative feelings I have had about certain groups. It was my narrow minded belief that all those in fraternities only own boat shoes. As time has passed I have come to like the style paired with appropriate clothing. I am on the right path! So in the spirit of Dappered.com who can suggest some inexpensive, neutral color, perhaps unconventional(don't get carried away... or do haha), and great looking pieces that I can throw on my feet and be proud I have left the past behind me! Thanks!


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    I actually like the style of these in black (almost looks grey which is what I really want I think). http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/fossil-b...esultback=8310

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      #3


      Ahh. Do not fret my friend. I am new to dappered.com, and too have found that looking well dressed can also a statement of saying "F you". I grew up with the mentality that, if I wore proper fitting clothes, I'd be labeled "soft" and "conformist". (I grew up very attached to the hip hop, rap, clothing style) Don't get me wrong, I still listen to rap and hip hop, but I have come to the conclusion that I do not have to look like the artists I like. Boat shoes, dress shoes, etc. Now that I am entering into real adult-hood, I think it's good to start dressing like one. I'm thankful that dappered exists, for those of us "ballin on a budget".

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        #4


        I remember my first pair of boat shoes. I was in high school and my dad had these old white ones that I used to wear on hot days...for the hell of it.


        But anyways after wearing flip flops throughout college I realized I needed a new summer alternative and I bought a pair of these:


        http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/bedstu-shoes-su2c-frank-boat-shoes?ID=543791&cm_mmc=Google_Feed_pla_pe-_-adtype-pla-_-target-19586772875-_-kw-&gclid=CLCe9uSM1rICFWdnOgod-jQAQQ


        They're a bit weathered but I think they look great. They're more casual than the regular Sebago or Sperry Topsider pair. Just a suggestion


        Btw they're pronounced Bed Stuy not Bed Stu.

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          #5


          I got these based on a recommendation on one of these threads. They're an excellent value and I would stack them up against Sebago and Sperry.


          http://www.famousfootwear.com/en-US/...ens+Dixon.aspx

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            #6


            spiveslude, we get it. You're Holden Caulfield and everyone else is a phony. You're worried that you'll become a phony if you wear their clothes. The solution is simple: wear your boat shoes with a red hunting hat, and take up smoking. Don't become a phony. Don't lose your edginess just to piss ppl off.

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              #7


              Ha! I just want some boat shoes and thought the short story would be humorous.

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                #8


                @spiveslude, you should check out this recent discussion of boat shoes on here: http://threads.dappered.com/topic/bo...hts#post-37169. It's pretty entertaining.


                As you'll see, I'm not a fan, and think there are far better alternatives that would have you looking good AND not feeling like a douchebag. A total win-win.


                If you like that general shape, maybe something like this? http://www.bonobos.com/benson-copper-waxed-suede. Keeps some of the aesthetic, but loses the wraparound lacing (which I'm not a fan of) and generally dull look. Anyway, good luck to you...

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