Watch & Learn: Style Sperry Top-Sider from Head to Toe

Mastering the nautical look? It’s a head-to-toe effort. While most know Sperry Top-Sider for those iconic casual, multicolor boat shoes, you’ll soon discover a world of swimsuits, cover-ups, sunglasses, and more. Take a peek at this video to see what I mean, then scroll down for four just-add-shoes styling tips.

Four Ways to Style Your Boat Shoes

For Men:

  1. With shorts, jeans, or even khakis. Roll up the cuffs, lose the socks, and add light layers on top.
  2. The boat shoe’s best ally? A bold watch. Preferably of the waterproof variety.

 
For Women:

  1. Button-front shorts, anything with anchors, and a wicker clutch. Slip on your bright-hued shoes and hit the boardwalk.
  2. Swap out the laces for a pop of color, then take them to the city streets with dark-wash, super-skinny denim.

 
Our Sperry Top-Sider Boutique opens Monday, June 24, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 24, 2013

Past & Present: Sperry Top-Sider Through the Decades

From the military to Manhattan, the history of an American icon

They are the emblem of all things preppy – but were they always? Take a peek into the history of this iconic American brand.

1930s: Paul Sperry invented the first boat shoe after using a knife to cut treads into the outsole of a sneaker. He was inspired by his dog Prince’s ability to effortlessly trek over ice.

1940s: The U.S. Navy began manufacturing the Top-Sider for its sailors. Due to the rationing of leather shoes during WWII, the design increased in popularity nationwide.

1980s: Top-Sider was mentioned in the tongue-in-cheek style guide, The Official Preppy Handbook (yep, it was a thing), and subsequently featured in many a John Hughes film.

2000s: After a decade out of the limelight (preppy just wasn’t cool in the 90s), Top-Siders appeared on Fashion Week runways, spurring a new generation of Sperry lovers.

Today: The nautical brand is a made-for-everyday staple. They launched their first stand-alone store in 2012 on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue.

Our Sperry Top-Sider Women and Sperry Top-Sider Men Boutiques open Wednesday, March 27, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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March 27, 2013