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    As hipsters, rappers, and fashion junkies are decked out like the Kennedys at Hyannis Port, designers are flocking to the boat-shoe-wearing trend. No rendition of the classic sailing shoe is worth walking a wet deck in other than Cole Haan’s hand-crafted boat shoe. When fashion and technology come together, it’s a beautiful thing. In the case of Cole Haan's collaboration with Nike, it’s a comfortable thing. Cole Haan’s Air Blake boasts non-visible NIKE AIR technology in the heel (spring for the current Air Yacht Club Boat; $148). It’s a brilliant rendition on the summer classic. The more salt-stained, the better.

    Mar 24, 2010 | Permalink (9) Total Comments

    christina left a comment on 3/27/2010 at 11:47 AM:

    I too love the Cole Haan version of the classic shoe. However, I think my very favorite are the originals by Sperry. I actually use mine on my parents boat, but off the deck they work for Saturdays in NYC as well. Every mainstream brand in the world is coming out with a boat shoe nowadays, but the truly preppy at heart will always lay claim to the trend.


    Chris left a comment on 3/25/2010 at 3:41 PM:

    I’ve been wearing these Cole Haan boaties for the last 2 years and believe me, the comfort (from the Zoom tech) is out of control!

    Japeth left a comment on 3/25/2010 at 2:58 PM:

    Own Sebago and Sperry and both are excellent shoes. Although the leather looks amazing on these, that price is too steep for me

    annie left a comment on 3/24/2010 at 5:08 PM:

    an old flame of mine wore these. while they’re obscenely comfortable, i’m a sperry or bust girl myself.  an enduring classic. and for $70, it’s okay when they’re salt-stained and gross.

    love your site. this picture is fantastic!

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 3/24/2010 at 3:49 PM:

    This are great, but my favorite are the Top-Siders. The more salt stained the better! Indeed!

    Miss Taryn Cox left a comment on 3/24/2010 at 2:34 PM:

    Love Topsiders and Love Your Blog! Im Unbashedly Preppy at Heart!
    Miss Taryn

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/24/2010 at 1:40 PM:

    L.A.S.—True…but it’s still a collaboration, although a synergistic one. As you and I know, there are many logistics that have to be worked out when you bring a shoe to market, much more when it’s a shoe by two brands.

    L.A.S left a comment on 3/24/2010 at 1:33 PM:

    Not so much a collaboration as Nike owns Cole Haan.

    Paul left a comment on 3/24/2010 at 12:57 PM:

    I agree with you, the Cole Haan boat shoes are great!  The new Air Yacht Clubs out are pretty great too… only 4 colors though.