Because the grind never stops.

By Betsy Cribb
Updated August 05, 2020
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While celebrating the return of the housedress and the effortlessly stylish caftan for ourselves this summer, we’ve gone on an equally practical sartorial journey where Dad is concerned. We’ve written an ode to a highly-reviewed mosquito net hat, sung the praises of $12 mesh mosquito pants, and now, we cordially invite you to join us in embracing Floafers: the antimicrobial, buoyant loafers that guarantee business-casual style with out-of-office-level comfort. It’s officially the summer of Dad fashion.

At first glance, Floafers Executive Tassel Water Shoes look like your standard loafers: rich chocolate brown, sleek pointed toe, snappy blue tassels. But look a little closer and you’ll find that these Dallas, Texas-designed kicks were crafted more for the boardwalk than the boardroom. They have “advanced 360-degree ventilation,” a.k.a. small holes and vents on the sides and tops of the shoes that allow for breathability and water drainage. They’re also odor-resistant, scuff-proof, and designed with cushy footbeds and substantial arch support. Best of all, they float! (BUY THEM: $70; amazon.com)

Basically, they’re Crocs that you can actually get away with wearing in public. (Can you hear the mighty chorus of dads cheering?)

Amazon reviewer Justin says, “I haven’t taken them off and [have] been receiving so many compliments. Can’t wait to order another pair. Went out to a fancy restaurant and got complaints* all night. Then walked on the beach afterwards with my wife. They really are made for all types of events. Will buy more!”

*We’re chalking this up as a typo made in hasty excitement, based on the other complimentary context clues. But do with that slip what you will—perhaps Dad should opt for his real loafers at his favorite white-tablecloth spot.

And lest you be concerned about Mom missing the boat on floatable fashion, never fear. For her, Floafers also makes posh driving moccasins in a rainbow of colors, including versatile navy and stand-out lilac.

Slipping into something more comfortable never looked so good.