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Sebago’s Admiral Lace boat shoes

shoeMy last pair of little-used boat shoes developed unfixable holes at both heels. A classic case of planned obsolescence, the cobbler lady said.

They were demoted to garage loafers and replaced by Sebago's Admiral Lace boat shoes, which I now wear on special occasions or when I'm fishing for compliments. They combine style, comfort and functionality while they are surprisingly light. On a heeling boat, I found the Admiral to provide good footing with support for heel and forefoot, and gripping deck surfaces with its slip-resistant Vibram sole. Sebago has endowed the Admiral with rawhide laces and corrosion-resistant eyelets, while the Admiral Moc provides the slick looks and slip-on comfort that's typical for moccasins. Both models are available in dark brown and retail for $155. Sebago Rockford, Mich. Phone (866) 699-7367; www.sebago.com.

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