Two if By Sea
April 28, 2010 § 8 Comments
Pending new addition to the closet: Sperry Top-Sider.
It may seem I’m late to the party on the topic of boat shoes. Maybe not. I owned Sperry’s back in junior high when they were the shoe to wear with our uniform plaid skirts and crested sweaters. When school let out, I’d watch my dad wear a pair of authentic originals until they fell apart as he’d launch and dock the boat at the lake all summer long.
With the resurgence of 80’s (and therefore, 50’s) fashion and all things traditionally ‘prep’, it’s no surprise Sperry has become popular, with collaborations with J. Crew, Band of Outsiders and Jeffrey’s to boot. Everyone is familiar with the iconic brand and you can read about their 75 year old heritage and invention of the boat shoe here. My interest: I’ll once again be adding a pair to my closet, and below are the front runners.
Pure classic Sperry in basic, unisex, go-with-everything brown. My only question, are they a bit dark for spring (especially on the pale Irish stems of yours truly)?
I am admittedly addicted to a goood suede shoe, so it’s no surprise that this pair, caught my eye during a recent trip to our newly opened Sperry store. The color make them slightly more interesting, and yes, less traditional. The grey/sage is a fantastic neutral and could be worn with anything, really. Is it just an oxymoron to go with a suede boat shoe, though?
Sperry’s classic silhouette in classic navy with a just touch of silver piping to make it a bit more modern. Can you get more nautical than navy and white?
I was entirely unconvinced when I first saw this pair online at J. Crew. A certain adorably dressed Crew employee in Denver changed my mind, however, as she paired them with cropped slim pants and a french sailor stripe top.
You can update almost any shoe with a pop of color. These pink patents are girlie, bright and happy. They make me want to go to a picnic, county fair or something with a ferris wheel and cotton candy in abundance.
There you have it, the contenders for my boat shoe purchase. Maybe you have a favorite, or maybe you prefer another pair altogether. I welcome your votes/comments before I choose which I will wear as I sail off into the sunset.
‘Since inventing the first boat shoe, our brand continues to share our “Passion for the Sea” with those who enjoy the good life in, on and around the ocean.’ ~from Sperry Top-Sider