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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sperry Top-Sider

John Marine | 8:06 PM | | | | | |
(UPDATED: July 23, 2017)

Sperry Top-Sider originated the boat shoes. This footwear company offers up boat shoes of many kinds for all walks of life. They also offer various other kinds of footwear ranging from sneakers to sandals to boots. However, this company is all about the nautical lifestyle. This blog post is my own look at Sperry Top-Sider and some of their famous shoes. It will be a chance for you to get to enjoy (or hopefully enjoy) what all Sperry Top-Sider has to offer.

PLEASE NOTE: The views expressed in all of my posts regarding specific brands are all personal opinion. I am not sponsored or paid to discuss specific brands I discuss in blog posts. They are all personal opinion and provided for educational purposes.

While Sperry Top-Sider offers items other than footwear, this blog post is mostly about their footwear.


JUL 23 2017 - (multiple edits)

You can learn more about Sperry Top-Sider by visiting

Sperry Top-Sider

Let me begin with a quote:

"A Passion for the Sea"

-Sperry Top-Sider slogan

(info source: The history of Sperry Top-Sider dates back to 1935 in New England. Paul Sperry (the creator of Sperry Top-Sider) watched his dog be able to run across an area so successfully. Paul Sperry wanted to make shoes with great enough traction to safely and successfully walk on the deck of his ship. Ever since the birth of those boat shoes, Sperry Top-Sider has long been a company to draw inspiration and character from being out on water.

Today's Sperry Top-Sider features many people of many walks of life wearing the iconic boat shoes. Even if you're wearing boat shoes from knockoff brands or from other brands entirely, you at least have Sperry Top-Sider to thank for making such comfortable and stylish shoes. These are shoes that could basically be worn all year 'round. The shoes are enjoyed from casual wear to even preppy-type fashions.

How do you rock your Sperrys?

Sperry Top-Sider in Pictures

How about a little deeper look at Sperry Top-Sider and their shoes?


Sperry Top-Sider Bluefish
^ from: - The "Bluefish" shoes from Sperry Top-Sider are perhaps the most famous shoes from this company.

Sperry Top-Sider's most famous shoe is the Bluefish. These lace-up shoes are like a happy medium between sneakers and flats. Variants of the Bluefish can be adorned with girly accents such as animal prints and sequins. These are shoes that have two eyes to them. If you note, note how the laces are on the back half of the shoes as opposed to the usual sneakers and oxfords that have the laces and eyes across the front of the shoes.

You will commonly see the Bluefish shoes in Linen Oat. However, many other styles are available for these popular boat shoes. I've seen females wear boat shoes with skinny jeans (even with jean legs rolled up), cropped pants, and one I really like- short shorts. I tend to like these Bluefish shoes paired with (at least for my female audience) a cute pair of short shorts. For some reason, I'm not really fond of the "Bluefish" shoes paired with skirts or dresses.

I constructed this look on Polyvore long ago featuring boat shoes. This is just one last piece regarding the "Bluefish" shoes and how I would style them:

Casual Spring

Are you girls out there digging the "Bluefish" boat shoes?


Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish
^ from: - These are the "Angelfish" shoes from Sperry Top-Sider. Think of them like a boat shoe variant of ballet flats.

If the Bluefish is a happy medium between sneakers and flats, then the Angelfish is like a boat shoe variant of ballet flats. The same cute style ballet flats provide are met with the cool and casual style of boat/deck shoes. Unlike the "Bluefish" boat shoes, I think these shoes work better with skirts and dresses in addition to pants and shorts looks. I don't think you girls out there will be disappointed with these.


Sperry Top-Sider Billfish
^ from: - The "Billfish" boat shoes from Sperry Top-Sider are very cool for guys.

A pair of Sperry Top-Siders a guy can get into are the "Billfish" boat shoes. The "Billfish" shoes are cool and casual to pair with any number of casual bottoms. So don't overlook these shoes to go with your casual outfits.

Other Sperry Top-Sider Shoes.

While Sperry Top-Sider is about "a passion for the sea," they also offer some more unique shoes that aren't exactly in the nautical spirit. They also offer a wide variety of sneakers, sandals, and boots. I will touch up on a few Sperry Top-Sider shoes outside of their boat shoes.

Sperry Top-Sider Gold Cup
^ from: - The premier line of shoes for men from Sperry Top-Sider are of the Gold Cup variety, such as these oxford shoes for men.

Sperry Top-Sider Sea Kite
^ from: - Feeling sporty? These are "Sea Kite" sneaker for men.

Sperry Top-Sider Goldfish
^ from: - "Goldfish" from Sperry Top-Sider is a wedge cousin of the "Angelfish" shoes.

Sperry Top-Sider Emory
^ from: - The "Emory" booties from Sperry Top-Sider are a pair of lace-up booties.

Sperry Top-Sider Pelican
^ from: - If splashing in puddles is your thing, Sperry Top-Sider's "Pelican" rain boots will be to your liking.

Sperry Top-Sider Albatross
^ from: - The "Albatross" lace-up boots were made for the chic tough girl.

You now have yourself an idea of Sperry Top-Sider and the many shoes they offer.

Sperry Top-Sider: Final Thoughts

Sperry Top-Sider offers up footwear inspired and influenced by the nautical lifestyle. They are very much cool and casual shoes that have a great deal of style to them. Maybe they lack the counterculture appeal of companies like Converse and Dr. Martens. Maybe they aren't the kind of shoes most people associate with having character. Even still, there is no denying the classy casual appeal of Sperry Top-Sider and their shoes. They are very much fun to wear. Even if you have some sort of knockoff boat shoes, at least show some love for the American original since 1935- Sperry Top-Sider.

Cross-Promotion/Other Reading.

These are other topics that may interest you based on what you've seen here. Please read these related posts if this one interested you:

"Boat/Deck Shoes" (StyleSpace by JBM)
^ This blog post goes into detail about boat shoes (also called deck shoes).

"Ballet Flats" (StyleSpace by JBM)
^ I mentioned the "Angelfish" as being a boat shoe alternative to ballet flats. If ballet flats interest you, click on this link above to read this old post about ballet flats.

"Fashion Rain Boots" (StyleSpace by JBM)
^ If you saw the "Pelican" boots I mentioned earlier, you may be interested to read my old blog post on fashion rain boots.

Thank you all for reading this post and my others.

Sperry Top-Sider Online

Want to get yourself some Sperry Top-Siders? These items may help you. Feel free to support my work while also landing yourself some great shoes. Use the items below to get started:

Official Site.

Visit to learn more about the company and all of the footwear they offer.


And here are some more I found on Shopstyle for you (female only?):

Other Sources.

These are more Sperry Top-Sider items. Check it:

For Men's Sperry Top-Sider shoes:

For Women's Sperry Top-Sider shoes:

Sperry Top-Sider on Amazon or Amazon's Sperry Top-Sider Store
Sperry Top-Sider on eBay (all items)
Sperry Top-Sider on Nordstrom
Sperry Top-Sider on (all items)
Sperry Top-Sider on
Sperry Top-Sider on Journeys

Time for you to sound off. Here's the discussion question:

What do you think about Sperry Top-Sider? What would you style Sperry Top-Sider shoes with?

Comment away and thanks for reading!

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John Marine said...

I like the "Emory" booties! I remember the classic boat shoes being very popular with tight-rolled jeans in junior high. I think they're great as a casual and comfortable shoe with a sundress.


John Marine said...

I would wear those Pelican rain boots. I already have a nice combination in my head. :)

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