We didn't even know what boat shoes were until we picked up and moved to the east coast for college a whopping seven years ago. And even then, they became associated with a very specific kind of boy whose outfit was generally topped off with a pastel shade. But two weeks ago, we saw a pair walking through the West Village, and they were topped off with a drop dead gorgeous Lazaro Hernandez and not a pastel in sight. Then someone told us that "all" the hipsters are wearing them, (we're not sure we believe this since we live in Hipsterville, Brooklyn and we've yet to see them). Then an ex-boyfriend texted to ask where he could get a pair. Then we saw three, yes three!, adorable girls out last night wearing boat shoes with their flirty summer dresses. And then the final proof that they are indeed a trend? There's an entire row of red and blue ones at the Forever 21 on Broadway. We'll forever associate them with those New England boys around campus, but we think they actually work with girly dresses - they tone them down a bit and make them perfect for lazy afternoons. Are you searching high and low for Sperry's or are you sticking with your trusty gladiator sandals this summer?