Sperry Topsiders Now in Fun Brights

Sperry Topsiders Now in Fun BrightsThe other day, my teen came to me and asked for Sperry Topsiders. Trying to control my glee, I casually asked, “Oh, so are they in style now?” And apparently, the answer is a resounding “YES!”

Authentic Topsiders have gone in and out of popular fashion since they were created back in 1935 as the first truly practical boating shoe on the market.

The history of the shoe is actually somewhat of a strange story. According to Smithsonian magazine, “Paul A. Sperry got the idea for his iconic shoes while watching his dog, a cocker spaniel named Prince, play in the snow. He realized that the dog didn’t slip on the ice.” And he set out to design a shoe that wouldn’t slip either. The trademark herringbone pattern of grooves in the Topsiders sole is actually reminiscent of the grooves and cracks in a dog’s paw!

The popularity of these practical shoes reached a fever pitch in the preppy 1980s (thanks, in no small part, to multiple mentions in The Official Preppy Handbook). But today’s version isn’t quite the pair of prepster 1980s Topsiders that I fondly remember…

The styling is basically unchanged from the days I sported classic brown leather Topsiders with kilts, with khakis, with shorts (and pretty much everything else). But these new boating shoes are now available in canvas or leather in fashion-forward, bright colors like lemon, electric green and bubble gum pink!

Shop at Sperry’s official site and now, help Sperry celebrate National Safe Boating Week. Purchase between now and May 27 and receive 10% off your final order with code SAFETY.

Even A-list celebrities like Blake Lively have been seen sporting these casual, comfortable, and incredibly practical shoes. Which gets me to thinking… should I resurrect my classic brown pair or go for a new pair of navy?

  • Sperry yellow canvas shoes ($118 – coggles.com)
  • Lace boat shoes ($75 – sperrytopsider.com)
  • Trainers shoes ($75 – sperrytopsider.com)

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