Product Review: Aetrex Justin Boat Shoe

A shoe that’s fashionable and good for your feet. The Aetrex Justin boat shoes can take you from a sailboat, to a business casual meeting, to a nice dinner. These could be the only shoes you need to pack for an entire trip… and you’d be comfortable the whole time.

What Is it: The Justin Boat Shoe from Aetrex.

Price and Where to Buy: $119.95 on Amazon. The shoes will also be available on Aetrex’s website in September.


  • 100 percent leather exterior upper
  • Orthotic soles support your feet on long walks
  • Memory foam interior maximizes comfort
  • Microbial antibacterial lining prevents odor
  • Water resistant materials keep you dry
  • Exterior sole is made from a slip-resistant material, and features a tread pattern that channels liquid away from the sole
  • Very lightweight and comfortable


  • The sole doesn’t match the rest of the shoe—these would look much better if they were a uniform color.

How it Rates:

  • Usefulness: 8/10. Comfortable, supportive shoes for men are tough to find. The Aetrex boat shoes tick both boxes.
  • Value: 7/10. The price point is average for a well-made leather shoe.
  • Durability: 10/10. The interior lining and exterior sole on these shoes are extremely tough—you can count on these shoes to last you through many, many miles.
  • Cool Factor: 9/10. Boat shoes are very in right now, and these shoes are definitely cooler than wandering around a city in white sneakers while traveling (as so many tourists do.) The shoes are also dressy enough for business/fancier environments, but would pair just as well with casual shorts.

Final Verdict: The Aetrex Justin boat shoes can take you from a sailboat, to a business casual meeting, to a nice dinner. These could be the only shoes you need to pack for an entire trip—and you’d be comfortable the whole time.

(Photo: Aetrex)

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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