Boat shoes were historically used to give people proper traction when on a boat. They have thick rubber soles to keep sailors in rough seas from slipping. Today, they've reached the state of every-day wear, even for those of us who will never set foot on such an unstable surface. We're lucky it's become a staple fashion trend though, because not only do they look similar to sneakers, but they actually are a lot more stylish-looking, like funky sneakers, even to those who can't recognize them as boat shoes.
The Puma men's 917 mesh boat shoes are really striking. Mostly in black with traditionally placed white laces, it has a bright yellow uniform stripe across each side that is only half as intriguing as the powdery blue fabric that covers the back of the shoe from heel to collar. The collar itself is cut lower than the front, giving the shoes an interesting non-traditional shape. The soles appear most traditional, with a blue line running through the white rubber sole.
The Aster and Dandelion Mesh Boat Shoes have a velcro closure at the mouth, and a soft tongue under the lacings. The shoes have its brand name written across; some on the tongue, PUMA written across the heel, and so on. The cushioned foot bed will give you maximum comfort, while the breathable mesh fabric will keep your feet ventilated and dry.