How Prada Made Boat Shoes — the Daddest of All Footwear — Cool Again

For decades now, the boat shoe has been the quintessential dad shoe — the go-to summer slip-on for backyard ballgames and Sunday barbecues. But all that changed when, in an unexpected move this past winter, an ultra-luxe version appeared in the Prada runway show and awakened even the most sneaker-obsessed hypebeasts to the hidden style power of these preppy staples.

The iconic silhouette remains (why mess with a straight-up classic?), but the shoes have been elevated with hand-stitched brushed leather, popping nautical colour combos, and Prada’s logo stamped in rubber at the top. Your ankles will thank you later.