If you’ve ever stepped into a new pair of boat shoes and ran towards the sea only to stop and think, “Wait, are boat shoes waterproof?” you’re in good company. People often ask us exactly that. We know you’re passionate about the water and your boat shoes, so we’re here to clear things up.

 

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While Sperry boat shoes aren’t technically waterproof, they are water-friendly and it’s more than OK to get them wet (after all, they were created for slippery boat decks). Your boat shoes can handle water and will eventually dry, with a finish that looks even better than they did pre-splash (in our humble opinion). But they won’t actually keep your feet dry.

 

If you do happen to get them wet, don’t stress. They only get better with age as salt water and everyday wear give them a seasoned look, unique to every wearer. Oh, and a bonus: salt water sticks to the laces, keeping them tied even longer.

 

The verdict? Sperry boat shoes are water-friendly and getting them wet will only add to their character – even if your day on the water goes overboard!