Boat shoes are back for the summer

Tod’s puts an artsy but polished twist to the sea-faring classic for its Spring/Summer 2016 collection

by Mags Ocampo, photo by Philippa Andren

Tod’s puts an artsy but polished twist to the sea-faring classic for its Spring/Summer 2016 collection

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Tod’s makes a case for the return of boat shoes in its Spring/Summer 2016 collection. But don’t break out your 2012 go-to deck shoes just yet. The skid-proof slip-ons for this season come with an updated urban look.

The brand’s prominent Marlin Hyannisport style, named after a boat that was once owned by John F. Kennedy but that now belongs to the CEO of Tod’s, looks more polished than ever. The less rugged new look complements the shoes’ celebrated rubber soles. Nautical-inspired classic lace-ups and moccasins are thrown into the collection as well. The mix of fine leather and rubber create the perfect juxtaposition for a new sport-style sole.

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Accompanying the Marlin Hyannisport in the latest collection is the Gommino, a similarly preppy style that features a ridged sole. Several versions of the Gommino feature the brand’s Leo Clamp, a sturdy, geometric, branded metal band. The Leo Clamp demonstrates the artisanal expertise of Tod’s as creating it involves traditional techniques of hot metal casting. In the creation of Leo Clamps for the fashion house’s shoes, the careful combination of metal and leather is treated as an art in itself.

The rest of the collection takes inspiration from the world of art and the craft of the artisan as well. Shoes, small leather goods, and lightweight outerwear are adorned with hand-painted features and special details such as brushed metal zips and horn buttons.

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Tod’s is located at Greenbelt 4 and Rustan’s Shangri-La. The Marlin Hyannisport and the Gommino will be available from February 2016.