Boat shoes can get knocked for being too casual. And that’s definitely the case for the pair you’ve had for the last five years. But the Kingstons from Austen Heller straddle the line between boat shoe and loafer, bringing forth signature details of the boat shoe while adding the refinement of a loafer.
The Kingstons start with a rich brown suede upper sourced from Italy and lined with soft calfskin. The shoe then gets a navy rubber sole more fit for a loafer. But boat shoe details remain, like the leather ties stitched across the outside and then tied on top. Part loafer, part boat shoe, the Kingstons can work in situations that call for either.