JFK wore them. Steve McQueen wore them. And as a man, you too should wear them. The thing to which I’m referring: canvas shoes (a.k.a., canvas plimsolls). To make finding the perfect pair of canvas shoes simple, we’ve rounded up five of this spring’s best looking canvas options, both new and classic, and have assembled them here for your viewing pleasure. Our advice: buy more than one pair, and don’t be afraid to add a dash of color.
01. SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Presidio
The SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Presidio is made from nep twill that’s been salt washed for 90 minutes to accomplish the perfect fade, with a comfort footbed lined in bamboo canvas. It’s also available in four colors – the perfect way to add a subtle dash of color to your spring style.
02. Sperry Top-Sider Chambray Striper CVO
Whether you own a boat in the Hamptons or just want to look like you do, the Sperry Top-Sider Chambray Striper CVO is a colorful take on the classic boat shoe. Crafted from soft and worn chambray in four washed seasonal colors updates, it’s preppy, casual, and the perfect footwear option for both the boat and beach.
03. Generic Surplus Borstal Hooper
The Generic Surplus Hooper is a sophisticated sneaker with a hint of flash – notably, the printed tongue designed to mimic the look of a worn, painted blacktop. The Hooper’s available in several color options, with the blue and brown chambrays being our two favorites.
04. PFFlyers Windjammer
PF Flyers introduced the Windjammer way back in 1965, and it still holds title as the consummate classic deck shoe. The newest version features a unique waxed canvas upper in your choice of navy or forest green along with a perfectly matching leather accent on the tongue.
05. Converse Chuck Taylor Classic
You can’t have a canvas shoe list without Chucks. The Converse Chuck Taylor Classic are exactly that – classics – with the simple white canvas with blue and red details the epitome of classic American style.