Timberland x BEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS 3-Eye Boat Shoe
We’ve gone beyond boat shoes being inextricably associated with fraternity dudes (hopefully) and fully embraced the chunky deck shoe as a timeless prep staple, thanks in large part to nifty collaborations like the latest Timberland team of BEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS.
Even though the Ivy League style faces some cultural reckoning – quite slight, given that it’s less of a movement and more of a generalized style of dress – the traits carry over into the current generation, like the 3 shoe. -Timberland Eye Lug.
Boat shoes, in general, have been an Ivy-certified classic, ever since JFK and the other WASPs sailed around New England in the 1950s.
Originally a functional shoe that was easy to wear on deck, the boat shoe finally became such a stereotype in the mid-10s – Greek life itself is rooted in the same collegiate classism that gave rise to the ivy style – that frat dudes had to be told that other shoes exist
Even in our most enlightened times, Timberland’s 3-Eye Lug shoe is different. It stands proudly on the lug sole that gives the shoe its name, and its interlocking laces frame a graceful moccasin-style toe.
Something about that raised sole and immaculate upper inherently separates the style from any potential stigma and BEAUTY & YOUTH’s collaborative pairs truly do the form justice.
Available at UNITED ARROWS Japanese stores for ¥19,800 each (about $160), the collaborative 3-eye pods are reminiscent of Timberland’s other collaborations with Aimé Leon Dore or BAPE, in that they all elevate the classic silhouette with premium quality.
BEAUTY & YOUTH opt for the perfect seasonal textile: soft suede done in a versatile black or pastel yellow that really complements the sunny days ahead. Either way, you can’t go wrong for spring.