Sipping cold drinks by the sea, the burning coals of a BBQ and the smell of sun cream are all part of summer. But it isn’t summer. It’s winter, and that means some items of footwear are off the agenda.
Sandals, outdoor slippers and sticky flip flops can all be put away. But is there a place for the casual deck shoe? We believe so.
Why you should wear them?
Style doesn’t have a holiday during the winter months, and neither should you. It’s important to dress well, and deck shoes allow you to do this.
Whilst there’s no doubt boating shoes are a casual choice, there are plenty of laid back events over the Christmas period, so you’ll have ample opportunity to rock them out.
If you’re worried about the festive period being too cold for deck shoes, fear not, as winter workarounds are possible.
How to wear them
Start off by finding a pair with a thick rubber treaded sole. These are designed specifically for winter, meaning you are less likely to slip and will be able to deal with the colder conditions easier.
With the cold comes a need for socks, which is a deck shoe no-no most of the year. So either wear trousers with a full break, thus covering any socks. Or find “invisible socks” which only cover the bottom of your feet.
Socks or no socks, you most certainly won’t be wearing shorts, so it’s important to find the right mens trousers. Pick jeans for a really casual look, and chinos if you want to smarten things up.
What to avoid
Low cut deck shoes are clearly a bad idea during the winter months. For one the snow, rain and mud have less leather to fight against. But for the fashion conscious, low cut deck shoes will also reveal unsightly socks – a big faux pas.
Also, avoid brightly coloured deck shoes. Whilst it’s good to brighten up the colder months, vibrant colours are best for summer.
Loafers are the obvious alternative to deck shoes, but again you’ll need socks – so pick a stylish pair.
If you’re a fan of the chunky sole of deck shoes, but want something more substantial then go the whole winter hog and pick a nice big worker boot.
To pull off deck shoes in winter, you need to give them some thought. But with the right colour, trouser length and ability to hide one’s socks, you’ll be keeping the spirit of summer alive.