Originally Posted by LA Guy
Wrong. They so are. After the 80's, boat shoes were found only on dudes in Nantucket until the last couple of years. And brogued shoes worn with anything but a suit has come into style in the last 3 years or so as well. Try to find distressed brogues from before, say, 2003. Sandals and flipflops I'll agree with you on.
I have at least ten pairs of brogues of one sort and another, many of which are years old and look "distressed" by which I mean they have a nice patina and cracks. As for boat shoes, I've been wearing them here, there and everywhere including sometimes on a boat, even sometimes a boat in Nantucket, for over 40 years. And so have a lot of people I know.