When it comes to boat shoes, there is pretty much just one name that comes to mind: Sperry. The 87-year-old New England staple literally invented the essential summer style, and there’s really no way you can improve upon a pair of OG Sperry Top-Siders. Or that’s what we thought before Sunspel got involved.
The British heritage brand knows a thing or two about classic style as well. Founded in 1860 and credited with popularizing the classic cotton t-shirt — while also being the preferred polo shirtmaker of one James Bond — Sunspel’s reputation as a garment-maker is beyond reproach. So naturally, when the brand decided to link up 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 2-Eye Suede Boat Shoe boasts classic 2-eye Sperry styling, but the quality and comfort have been dialed up to 11. Each pair is uniquely handcrafted at Rancourt & Co in Maine from premium suedes and leathers sourced from world-class tannery Charles F. Stead & Co. in Leeds, UK. The shoes boast a soft lambskin footbed with an embossed Sperry x Sunspel logo, leather welting, and a perforated leather lining. And since these are boat shoes at the end of the day, 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 class up your summer style, then 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.