The Docksides are on the rise
True boat shoes from Sebago, they return to the forefront of trends, following a return to basics on the manufacturing side.
The flagship moccasin from Sebago, the ultimate boat shoe, is inspired by Native American shoes on which a non-slip rubber sole has been grafted. Launched almost 50 years ago, it has again gone up in the Dominican Republic as in its beginnings.
The flagship moccasin from Sebago, the ultimate boat shoe, is inspired by Native American shoes onto which a non-slip rubber sole has been grafted. Launched almost 50 years ago, it has again gone up in the Dominican Republic as in its beginnings. SDP
Many brands have lost a little (a lot) of their souls by changing shareholders. And let’s not talk about their skills! However, it also happens that a label bounces back thanks to mergers and acquisitions, such as Sebago whose emblematic Docksides are once again made in the historic workshop, in the Dominican Republic, according to craft traditions and assembly techniques inspired by shoes. Amerindian. An initiative taken less than two years after the acquisition of the company by the Italian BasicNet which already counted in its fold Superga, K-Way and Kappa.
Originally, this shoe was 100% American – the company took its first steps in 1946 in the State of Maine -; its name meant “great waters” in the language of the first inhabitants of the New World. From the start, sebago boat shoes goes towards all-terrain moccasins. Well done: outdoor sports, recreation occupy an ever more important in the second half of the XX th century. In 1950, a first model of boat shoes was launched under the name of John as a nod to the future 35 th President of the United States who often wore the brand’s shoes. On the other side of the Atlantic, they are called “loafers”(slackers): not because they are suitable for lazing around, but because they wear shoes without laces, like slippers. In 1970, the real Docksides were launched with the slogan “Made for sailors, loved by all”. They are recognizable by their contrasting non-slip rubber sole so as not to slip on the deck (even if shoes are generally prohibited on yachts and other pleasure boats). There is also this leather link which threads through eyelets around the edge, like lifelines along the monohulls. For three decades, the model enjoyed tremendous success. It is the ultimate boat shoe.
In 2003, Dan Wellehan – the heir to one of the three founders – however offloaded the business. In parallel, pale copies are multiplying. To be too fashionable, we often end up being old-fashioned. But after some ten years of “bad weather”, everything suggests that for the Docksides the sun has returned.
Our buying guide for the best boat shoes therefore strongly recommends that you check the following points, to be sure that the pair of your choice is of good quality.