Sperry Top-Sider Men’s Authentic Original Boat Shoe

By on August 7, 2014

Sperry Top-Sider Men's Authentic Original Boat ShoeWell, it is summertime and I was looking for something easy to slip on and doesn’t involve tying shoe laces.  I thought to myself that a loafer would be nice.  Something classic and good looking with a durable sole that will be great for boating and other summer fun.  Then I stumbled across the Sperry Top-Sider men’s original boat shoe.  Sperry Top-Sider has been known for making quality handmade products so I thought since the shoes were at a discount I would pick up a pair.  If you are looking for other male accessories to go with your boat shoes we recommend looking at our around Male Emporium.

If you are unfamiliar with Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes, they were actually the first to produce the boat shoe in the 1930’s and introduced them to the market.  Sperry was an avid boater and faced a problem like many others, he didn’t have good traction on the boat deck and needed a solution.  Sperry cut grooves in the sole for added traction in the shoe which is a process called siping.  Today the same shoe is produced because it is perfect for wet surfaces and comfort alike.

Features of the Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoe

Sperry Top-Sider Men's Authentic Original Boat ShoeMy first project when purchasing this boat shoe was to decide which color shoe I wanted to by.  There was a total of 20 different selections to choose from and even different colored soles.  I ended up selecting the oatmeal color and the item did look the same in the pictures as it did when it arrived in the mail.  The shoe looked well constructed and ready to go.  As I look at the sole I noticed the outsole has razor-cut wave-sipping for good traction on many surfaces.  Some have complained that the boat shoe is stiff at first but it just means you have to break the shoe in.

I ended up purchasing the loafers with some no-show socks just to reduce bacteria build up and reducing odor.  These boat shoes are comfortable to wear which come with a breathable perforated footbed.  The heel is an absorbing EVA heel cup that increases comfort.  The shoe itself is made from genuine hand-sewn tru-moc construction which gives you durability.   Here are some additional features:

  • Genuine Leather
  • Imported
  • Manamde sole
  • Heel measures approximately 0.75″
  • Classic nautical loafer with functional slotted collar and textured, non-marking sole
  • Unlined leather
  • Breathable perforated footbed
  • In high-stress areas such as where the foot flexes, the leather will experience natural wear and appear stressed.discoloration is the nature of the boot.

If you are going to purchase a nice boat shoe it is good that you take care of them.  Picking up a soft bristle brush and some cream or leather protection gel is a must if you want your shoes to last.  We will create a guide on this soon.  If you are going out to a  body of water that contains salt then after use makes sure you stuff your shoes with newspaper and let them air dry.

Last Thoughts on the Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoe

This shoe has a classic look that will bring you many hours of comfort under the sun.  Sperry Top-sider has decades of experience and this shoe represents that.  I am more than pleased with these boat shoes and would recommend them to people that prefer the look of these loafers or want something for the boat deck.  Click the link below for additional information.


Youtube video on the Sperry Top-Sider:

Sperry Top-Sider Men's Authentic Original Boat Shoe
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Looking for the original boat shoe? The Sperry Top-Sider is the shoe for you offering quality handmade craftsman ship. Not only looking stylish on your feet, these will give you many years of comfort.

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About Nick Dean

I love to go on treks even if it is out in my backyard. If I am not on treks, I am at the office working and trying to keep a good eye out for men's fashion. It is important to me to look sharp while being comfortable and I will share my findings here.

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