I have been invited to spend a weekend on a yacht off the coast of Florida with my boss, my boss’ boss, a key client and their significant others. I am the most junior of the group at age 26. I’m looking for a Sperry-esque shoe that meets the rules of the boat (nonmarking soles, some grip), and will demonstrate that I am a serious professional, yet still celebrates my youth. —LU

Manolo says, thanks to the steady diet of popular entertainment, this sounds to the Manolo like the setup for either the sinister thriller, involving volcanic island lairs and jump-suited henchmen, or the slapstick comedy of errors in which our heroine must conceal that she has accidently dropped the big-shot client’s wife’s obnoxious Chihuahua-poo over the side of the boat, thus endangering the important contract. And now, for the rest of the movie, she has to make up the increasingly elaborate excuses for the missing dog, while her wacky co-worker (and best friend) hides in the cabin making the yapping noises.

Of the course, if your imagination is set at the expert level, this is actually the setup for the sinister comedy action thriller of errors, in which the dog belongs to the evil supervillain who owns the super luxury yacht on which you are vacationing.

Here is the Angelfish from Sperry, the feminized, classic boat shoe in the platinum/gold metallic finish ($90, Zappos.com). If you feel this is too bold for Dr. Morbo’s yacht, the Yersinia Pestis, it is available in 20 other finishes, including linen and oat.