Jeffrey Campbell “Sunshine” $122
Sperry “A/O 2 Eye” $80
We’ve shown you our favorite boat shoe styles this week, but that’s not to say that we don’t have more than what we’ve put up here on our blog. No siree. For men, we have traditional Authentic Original Sahara & Brown styles, and a handful of other colors for you women. We have nothing short of a plethora of Sperry to choose from, but the last new style that we’re simply giddy about is the “Woven” for women ($125). The basket weave pattern gives the boat shoe some nice texture, yet still comes in a nice natural leather color that it can go with anything. Today is the perfect day for a boat shoe, and you go weave or no weave with all the choices we have on hand, but we recommend the “weave.”
We’re carrying on with our boat shoe theme this week because it is after all the season where boat shoes begin to blossom. And what better than a typical brown ol’ boat shoe, but a brand-spanking new seersucker boat shoe? Spring and summer call for seersucker and boat shoes to be worn, so why not combine the best of both worlds? Add a lil’ leather tassle, and ba bing, an adorable boat shoe that speaks volumes beyond the natural colors you typically see. The best part maybe? That’s it’s still only $90. Go big, and go with a boat shoe that says something different this season.
Every year and every spring/summer of that year, we’ve been sure to carry one of three important shoes for the season: The boat shoe. Every girl and guy has got to have a pair for warm days ahead whether you headin’ out on a real boat or not, it doesn’t matter. Ubiquity travels farther than the original intention, which is why Sperry these days has designed many o’ variations and colors for their original boat shoe. And one alternative style we’ve taken a liking to, and our customers, is the Montauk ($90). A more slendar, feminine version of the boat shoe, the Montauk comes in brand-spankin’ platinum or goes-with-everything black. Still the same comfort as a boat shoe, just a tad less boxy with a more pointed toe. One thing that doesn’t change between boat shoe and Montauk: leather. Both have soft leathers and wear in to form against your own foot’s shape. Tip when purchasing: Because these shoes inevitably become the go-to shoe for the season, they wear in well, meaning, they stretch and can get loose. Best to go down a half-size, so when you’ve broken them in, they’re not flopping around and are a perfect fit.
Ah, the dock sider. The top-sider. It’s the summer trend (as you’ve probably read from our previous post). It’s come to be a men’s and women’s summer staple and goes with many o’ outfits on or off the shore. So we’ve made it a point to stock this ubiquitous summer shoe each year, and we always turn to Sperry. For under $100 (actually only $75) you can get your prep on. Up the style standards when you slip on for women one of our three shades: Honey, Brown, or Navy (with adorable silver piping, note: the one we have has white leather laces, not gold metallic). Start your summer dreamin’ of livin’ life on the open seas by slipping into the tradition of a top-sider.
Every summer we become privy to the summer staples. And every year, you can count on Sperry to make one of them. Sperry’s notorious for creating and carrying on the traditional boat shoe for every gal and girl each summer season. But every year they do like to get a lil’ creative and crafty by switching up their color palette and adding just a couple new styles. This season, the “Montauk” is one of them. Think of it as a slim and trim version of the typical boat shoe we’ve all come to love. It has a lil’ more pointed/rounded toe, a lil’ more width taken off for a more slender look, and a lil’ thinner white boat shoe sole. Yet it’s still the same reasonable boat shoe price (they’re always under $100, this one’s only $85 and cheaper than Sperry’s own price!!), the “Montauk” still keeps the traditional boat shoe traction appeal alive with the rubber out-sole with Razor-Cut Wave-Siping™ for ultimate wet/dry traction, you know for those days you find yourself on a boat. And we’re carrying a traditional cocoa brown or for more fun, a navy/mint/bone color combo, if you’re up for it. Want to get away slightly from the typical boat shoe? Look to the “Montauk” to deviate this season.
Somehow the weather has already taken the turn for fall, and soon enough it will take another turn for winter (much to my resistance), but if you’re looking for an alternative to the Hunter boots that everyone seems to be sporting these days, then we have a much smaller, and more affordable option–the Sperry Comorant.
For $80 you can slip on (a Sperry signature characteristic and all-around appeal) one of these in a jiffy, instead of pulling on the high Hunter or other rain boots. You’ll tromp less and have a lighter load on your feet that’s for sure. And the color palette you can choose from gives the boot an extra kick. Come get ‘em before the turn of the nasty weather. . .