When it comes to boat shoes, there’s pretty much one name that comes to mind: Sperry. The 87-year-old New England staple literally invented essential summer style, and there’s really no way you can better a pair of OG Sperry Top-Siders. Or so we thought before Sunspel got involved.
The British heritage brand also knows a thing or two about classic styling. Founded in 1860 and credited with popularizing the classic cotton t-shirt – as well as being one James Bond’s favorite polo shirt maker – Sunspel’s reputation as a clothing manufacturer is beyond reproach. So naturally, when the brand decided to partner with Sperry on an ultra-premium boat shoe for SS22, the result was going to be arguably the most impressive boat shoe we’ve ever seen.
The Sunspel x Sperry Authentic Original Suede 2-Eye Boat Shoe features classic Sperry 2-eye styling, but quality and comfort have been dialed up to 11. Each pair is uniquely handcrafted in Rancourt & Co in Maine using premium suedes and leathers from world class tannery Charles F. Stead & Co. in Leeds, UK. The shoes feature a soft lambskin leather footbed with an embossed Sperry x Sunspel logo, leather piping and perforated leather lining. And since they are boat shoes after all, they also incorporate fantastic traction thanks to a non-marking Vibram outsole equipped with Sperry’s Razor-Cut Wave-Siping technology.
If you’re looking to step up your summer style, these suede boat shoes from Sperry and Sunspel will do the trick. They’re available now in limited quantities on both brands’ websites in a trio of colors – Amaretto, Tan and Navy – and are priced at $375.