Deck shoes are our standard fine weather footwear, versatile enough for all levels of formality short of a suit – my usual mode of dress is “sailing best” – which will get you into all but the most upmarket of yacht clubs . The great story about them is that they’ve reached their most comfortable state just when they’re worn in to the level that they’re falling apart; with the other side of this coin being that the wearing-in process isn’t quick or easy, and generally involves much use of sticking plasters. The other downside to new shoes is the dreaded blue foot disease, when the dye in the shoes comes off on your feet when caught out in the rain (or on a wet deck) and exacerbated by not wearing socks.
We’ve been trying a couple of pairs from Chatham; a pair of the Bermuda model for me, in timber/seahorse (aka two shades of brown) £89, and Bermuda Lady for H, in navy/seahorse (blue with brown trim) £85. The main moccasin of mine are in a waxy brown leather (“Timber”), with a lighter tan trim (“Seahorse”), and H’s are blue for the main part of the shoe, and the same tan for the upperworks.
The thing that I’ve found noticeable is that the leather is really soft, and as a result it’s taken no time to break them in. We’re very happy with them – stylish and comfortable, and more importantly, comfortable from the word go, as well as a British company.
As well as the traditional deck shoes Chatham have all manner of shoes and boots, marine, technical or country, as well as a wide range of men’s and women’s clothes.