For occasions when formal attire is too formal and casual apparel is just too casual, consider accessorizing with a pair of boat shoes. These all-season men's and women's shoes will accent any outfit and help set the desired tone for any ensemble.
The boat-style shoe is flat, typically made from canvas or leather, with a rubber sole. On the casual scale these shoes rank between an ultra-casual sneaker and a more formal loafer style. The clothing that boat shoes are paired with will help determine whether these shoes are considered formal or semi-formal.
Pair them with a pair of jeans and a polo or T-shirt for an outfit that can be worn every day. Wear the boat-style shoe with a pair of khaki pants or shorts for a comfortable, yet formal style.
For a mixture of modern and traditional style, consider a pair of men's boat shoes from the Tommy Hilfiger collection. Designed to give a classic touch with a modern twist to any outfit, these Tommy Hilfiger shoes come in a number of designs. Available in leather or suede with colors ranging from neutral earth tones to brighter hues, these shoes can accentuate any outfit.
Add a splash of color to ensembles with a pair of boat style shoes for women. Sperry shoe designs include women's shoes that are both casual and formal, but also contain a hint of color by using bright prints or colorful solids. Sperry can help achieve a casual tone with the help of a Bahama boat shoe, which is closer to a sneaker than a loafer. For a formal or semi-formal occasion, the classic boat style can help convey a sense of formality without having to compromise style and comfort.
For those times when casual attire doesn't seem right but formal apparel just seems too stiff, a pair of boat shoes can help neutralize the outfit and make it ideal for the situation. Browse through Macy's wide selection of shoes including boat, slip-on, formal and casual shoes to find the pair that will perfectly accent any wardrobe.