Last month’s introduction to the Earthkeepers Harborside 3-Eye Leather Boat Shoe from Timberland brought together the philanthropy of Ed Norton’s CrowdRise digital fundraising platform, Timberland’s Serv-a-palooza Challenge volunteer program, and the ever so Eco-friendly Earthkeepers boat shoe. This shoe, based on the versatile and sturdy Blucher Moc, in which I lived as a kid, seemed like the obvious choice for a day of volunteering, an evening out, or an afternoon of sailing. Let’s see how it performed, shall we?
The uppers felt broken in and supple right from the start, and since the shoes are lined with 100% PET breathable mesh there was never an issue of rough leather against my tender tootsies when it was time to go sockless. Under foot there is a cushioned footbed and under that Timberland has incorporated an athletic-style siped sole for maximum comfort and excellent traction. These are certainly not the Bluchers of my youth.
The Earthkeepers Harborside 3-Eye Leather Boat Shoe is one of the best remakes of a classic that I’ve ever tested. Gone is the two week long break in period and the blisters that go along with it. Gone is the heavy, unforgiving rubber sole and the sore, tired feet that go along with it. What’s left is a bit of pleasant nostalgia for the long, carefree days of summer camping by the beach but with none of the growing pains that went along with it.
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**Full disclosure: These shoes were provided at no cost for editorial consideration, to think otherwise would be silly.