Out with the old, in with the shoe.

For as long as I can remember, the phrase ‘deck shoe’ has been synonymous with Timberland. In fact, one of my favourite pair of shoes is a pair of Timberlands, pictured above, that my dad gave me about a year ago. Given that he wore them for close to a decade (yes, really) before handing them down to me, it’s nothing short of a miracle that they still exist. I’ve had shoes that have packed up in less than a quarter of that length of time. Literally, the very molecules that composed them have just ceased to exist and I’ve had to replace them.

As such, I was hesitant when Chatham Marine offered to send me some of their deck shoes – ‘It’s ok,’ I whispered to my Timbies. ‘I’d never try to replace you guys like that.’ Time passed and I came to my senses, realising that I’m NOT in fact in a monogamous relationship with my shoes, and I let Chatham hook me up. My first impressions were good – they felt comfortable, yet sturdy. Even the laces seemed tough. Always useful when you trip over your own feet as often as I do.

Against the advice of the manufacturers, I’ve managed to get the shoes completely soaked on two separate occasions (I was testing how they’d cope if I fell overboard…obviously) and, although they’ve required a little re-wearing in afterwards, they’re still going very strong. All Chatham’s stuff comes with a two year guarantee, but there’s no signs I’ll need to make use of that as of yet. Whether they’ll last nine more years after that? Well, I’ll have to wait and see.

In case you missed that hyperlink above, you can check out everything Chatham Marine has on offer at http://www.chatham-marine.co.uk/.


  1. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    Always looking for good mens shoes, so thank you for the honest review. My boyfriend has tried a few different pairs of boat shoes – which I love – that didn’t fit right or that he didn’t like. He ended up on a pair of soft loafer style deck shoes from Banana Republic but they’re falling to pieces now that we hit the 18 month mark. Might have to give these a try next!

  2. Isa

    These are lovely – how long have you had them? They still look shiny brand new!

    Also, ditto above – it’s great to see some good shoe reviews for guys. It gives me an idea of where to look for Christmas!

    • stu

      I’ve had them about 4 or 5 months now, they’re pretty much softened up now but still look brand new. It’s weird, the rain sort of…resets them!