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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

SPERRY TOP-SIDERS Boat Shoes & Loafers

Long associated with quality and tradition, Sperry Top-Sider shoes have out-raced, out-cruised and out-fished any and all competitors, again and again, from 1935 to this very day. But because the waterscape of our planet is limited, so are the opportunities for wearers of Sperry footwear. Thankfully, more and more non-outdoor enthusiasts are discovering that Sperry Top-Sider can be a wonderful style choice for them, too.
Sperry's classic boat shoes and loafers still have the same preppy look that made them a must-have in the days when pleated khakis and oversized double-breasted blazers ruled the runway.
Yet at the same time, you can combine these shoes with a pale blue dress shirt (or a lightweight slim-cut suit, or shorts) with equal success.
With a buttoned-up yet unfussy aesthetic, Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes and loafers are timeless in their appeal -- to both sailors and landlubbers alike :-)

The limited edition Sperry Top-Sider archival collection -- released to celebrate the label's 75th anniversary -- features the original outsole founder Paul Sperry carved onto his sneaker to mimic the ingenious design of his cocker spaniel, Prince's paw.

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Paul Sperry charged US$4.50 a pair for the first boat shoe, demonstrating an early commitment to quality at a reasonable price tag.

In 1939, the U.S. Navy negotiated the right to manufacture Paul Sperry's shoes for its sailors, leading the Authentic Original model to become the official footwear of the U.S. Naval Academy's casual uniform, which continues to this day.

Even Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss (sorry, faces not pictured here, you'll just have to trust us that those are their feet, hehe - or watch the movie!) relied on their trusty Sperry Top-Siders to battle the great white, in the 1975 horror classic "Jaws".

Collaborations with American-trad labels like Tommy Hilfiger, J.Crew, and Band of Outsiders continue to generate new fans around the world.

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