When you imagine a pair of boat shoes, you probably also imagine their context: worn by someone walking around on a sleek yacht or stepping back in pastel shorts to ram a ping pong ball into a solo cup (not necessarily shoes). separate situations). Engineered Garments’ take on boat shoe … isn’t that at all.
Known for twisting canonical men’s clothing, the Daiki Suzuki brand has flipped iconic shoes like the Vans slip-ons and the Dr Martens 1461 3-eyed derby to sell results. Now EG has teamed up with Sebago to take the boat shoe.
“Hand-sewn moccasins are classic American style to me for a number of reasons,” Suzuki says. “Native American moccasins, shoes handcrafted by the hippie generation (Carl Dyers), boat shoe makers (LL Bean) and so on. all express this style. “
EG is releasing a nine-piece capsule that is inspired by Sebago’s Askook shoe, a blucher moccasin shoe that is essentially a clean sister to the brand’s Dockside boat shoes. The Suzuki version forgoes eyelets and the leather cord around the ankle, while adding a chunky, earth-ready Vibram sole. It also uses a mix of leathers in its signature patchwork aesthetic, including a few embossed reptilian seals. (This is a reminder of the name of the shoe: askook is Algonquin for snake.)
While it hasn’t changed the overall silhouette, Suzuki has changed the way you get on the boat. His shoe uses a variety of lacing systems that range from overlapped D-rings and removable zipper tab to drawstring laces. Clear inspiration for outdoor boots. A pair even completely obscures the laces. These are all things Suzuki has used in past collaborations. Why not stack them in the new one? As adventurous as Sebago has had in recent seasons (see: that menagerie of a moccasin), Suzuki says he wanted to design something the brand would never come up with. “It’s like the Yin-Yang or Chic and Shock approach,” he says.
Everything is done for a rather dizzying effect. But Suzuki’s redesign won’t make you seasick so much as it reorienting the way you look at a boat shoe.
The collection is available at Nepenthe.
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