By Sheila Chiang, for ZCOOP Singapore

Boat shoes, a classic summer staple, is the key to any man’s wardrobe. Since 1935, Sperry Top-Siders have been the blueprint for the original boat shoe. Founded by an avid sailor by the name of Paul Sperry, these signature non-slip traction soles have been transforming any casual outfit into an instantly smart one.

For most men, comfort is an important aspect in an everyday look. Boat shoes are a popular footwear option precisely because of its comfort and versatility, its ability to transition from day to night. With a few key pieces, you can adapt your boat shoes into any outfit. Here’s how:

Properly Polished

You can’t go wrong with an Oxford shirt. A button-up makes you look instantly more polished, and even more so if you pair it with a classic yet statement-making watch. You can also add casual options to downplay the look. Chinos, knit cardigan, and of course, boat shoes are great for when you want to break away from conservative suits and dress shoes. For an even more casual touch, roll up the sleeves.

Effortlessly Casual

An effortlessly casual look is one that is comfortable and laid-back without looking sloppy. Opt for a no-frills T-shirt with a slouchy cardigan for a just-wanna-chill-out day, and pair that with ripped or distressed jeans for some edge. Finish off with the Sperry Bahama 2-Eye sneakers, which is the perfect combination of the ever-reliable sneakers and dapper boat shoes. For guys on the go, a classic carry-all messenger bag will house all your essentials.

The Middle Ground

A smart-casual look is easily achieved by pairing formal and casual pieces together expertly. If you are going for a more contemporary look, you could even try teaming a knit sweater with some premium joggers. Finish off the look with a pair of streamlined boat shoes like the Sperry 2-Eye Boat Shoes for a casual-Friday office look or for the weekend.

Gents, how do you wear your boat shoes? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.