It’s no surprise to those who know me how obsessed I am with boat shoes. And I must disclose something to the general public. I am pretty sure that I had something to do with this ever-growing fashion trend.
At one time, wearing deck shoes was really only seen on boaters, as they trotted about the marina or yacht club. But why not take the yacht club to the dance club?
Now, I am not certain that I alone started this trend, but I began wearing boat shoes in high school. In college, I know for a fact that I was one of the only students on the Kent State campus that wore boat shoes throughout the year. I significantly remember people either giving me beef for doing so, or applauding my shoe sense. Apparently it caught on, because 70% of my friends and relatives own at least one pair.
Over the past 10 years, we have seen a spike in Sperry styles, sales and brand partnerships (i.e., J. Crew, Urban Outfitters). Other brands have also gotten on the ship (see what I did there), including Vans and Converse, who are also producing very Sperry-similar styles. While I own multiple brands of boat shoes, Sperry continues to be my personal favorite. They truly own this market and have created a very distinct image for themselves, while continuing to be innovative and fresh.
seanskisez: Sperry makes me swoon (in a very masculine way, of course).