Thursday, April 3, 2014

Boat Shoes and Shoes on Boats

Men's Classic Boat Shoe, Brown (Quoddy Link)
To TDP,  I am looking at getting a new pair of shoes for everyday use but also to wear on a friend's boat.  I have gone through a lot of your pictures and I am getting confused which ones are which.  Is there any way you could identify some of the boat shoes that you have presented on your site?  Thank you. 





Sperry

Men's Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe (Sperry Link, Amazon Link)



Women's Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe (Sperry Link, Amazon Link)




Men's Billfish 3-Eye Boat Shoe (Sperry Link, Amazon Link)




Bluefish 2-Eye Boat Shoe (Sperry Link, Amazon Link)

Color: Tan


The Sperry Soles

Men's Billfish

Women's Bluefish, Original (Compared to Bean Blucher on right)

Sperry Water Sports (Sperry Link, Amazon Sperry Store)





Quoddy

Men's Classic Boat Shoe, Brown (Quoddy Link)



Women's Boat Moc (Quoddy Link)



L.L. Bean

Men's Casco Bay Boat Mocs (L.L. Bean Link)






Dubarry (Company Link, a selection of Dubarry Boots at Royal Male)






Other Pictures of Boat Shoes and Shoes on Boats



Hmmmm?  Anyone, Anyone, Bueller?





29 comments:

Cubanchem said...

In the photo with the red LL Bean tote, the ones holding the tote are Gokey Boat shoes by Orvis and the ones behind that are Sperry Gold Boat with ASV.

Will said...

The images of real sailors wearing Dubarry boots throws me. Are they that good?

RR said...

I am in the habit of buying Sperry's but haven't decided if it is because I am lazy or wise.

JSL said...

I had a very brief career as a crew member on my college's sailing team (joined late in senior year), and I wore basic Sperrys because they worked well and were priced within the reach of a working student. My skipper preferred Converse All Stars - red canvas hightops. Several of the more experienced team members wore canvas shoes, especially surprising considering how chilly NE lakes tend to be in the spring!

Brad Cole said...

Will, Dubarry sea boots are better than good, and well worth the cost.

Cheers, BC

Anonymous said...

I've worn Sperrys for years out of tradition. My most recent pair are 15 years old and need some serious help. Any thoughts on how to best recondition them? The soles have become stiff and the insoles are a mess. I hate to buy a new pair; the current pair are broken in perfectly:)

Galestorm said...

I need the same answer as anonymous on reconditioning Sperrys. The soles get hard and slick otherwise the shoes are like new. I've had 3 pair to do this. Is it a China made thing?

Anonymous said...

My top favorite boat shoes for land & sea are the Quoddy Classic and Sperry's Gold Cup. Both are outstanding shoes and worth the extra $ IMO.

Darryl said...

I'm a big fan of the Sperry Gold Cups. Their regular line along with anything from LL Bean are like walking on boards once you have donned a pair of gold cups. Go for the ASV 2-eyes over the AOs.

Anonymous said...

Unless one is on someone else's boat once or twice a year, I can't imagine why any regular sailor would buy Sperrys (although I'm not familiar with the Gold Cup) for a variety of reasons.

If you can afford it, Dubarry is the way to go.

Patsy said...

I wear Tretorns, Converse or non-marking flip flops, and my husband wears whatever is on his feet at the time (even when he is racing)- all his everyday shoes have non-marking soles. He's usually on someone's boat every day.

The #1 most important thing is non-marking soles. Then, go for comfort or style, or both!



Katahdin said...

Sperry Sea Kite sneakers for racing and original Topsiders the rest of the time because old habits die hard.

Suzi said...

I love my Sperrys. However, my husband is a surfer and he's partial to his canvas Vans. I have been looking into buying him some Dubarrys, since he needs new waterproof boots.

Anonymous said...

I see that Darryl and anonymous (@ 7:53 AM) are fond of the Gold Cup AOs. But I'm curious as to how the Gold Cup AO in brown compare with the original AO in " Classic Brown Leather" ? Are they really worth the extra $65 (almost twice the cost) for details such as lambskin lining and 18K gold plated eyelets (not a rhetorical question) ? I wonder if anyone here happens to own both and wear both in order that they may provide a better comparison. Thanks in advance...

WRJ said...

For those of us spending time in small vessels who are sure to get wet, any canvas sneakers with nonmarking soles work best. I wear Vans authentics or Sperry's canvas sneakers. Anything leather takes forever to dry out, leaves dye on your feet, and smells.

Anonymous said...

What a timely post. After a few years without, I decided to buy a new pair of Sperry topsiders over the weekend. Went to the Sperry store in Freeport, ME and had an interesting conversation with one of the employees that left me not so keen on what Sperry (like SO many other retailers) has become.

Turns out the original Sperry topsider they offer (made in Maine) is discounted to $240 (regularly $300). If you don't want to spend that much, they offer many other iterations, but all made in China, Indonesia, etc. And those are $85 to $115, not exactly throwaway pricing for this Yankee. If you want the dark brown, white sole, leather lacing model NOT made in Maine, that is only available online. Ridiculous.

After hemming and hawing (and feeling like I was buying the "cheap", made for the outlet store version) I bought the China version (ugh) in dark brown with the nylon cord lacing and had them put in new leather lacing for me. It's close enough, but why all the nonsense?

If you want pink or camo or yellow or vine print or patent, glossy (seriously!) topsiders, they have plenty of 'em. Why do the classics have to be "improved"? And why do I feel like I "settled" for a pair of $90 Topsiders? Icky. Hopefully after a few dunks in the ocean and some boat time, they'll feel like old friends and this experience will fade out of memory, but it was much too close to a Mall experience for me.

Anonymous said...

Our bowman on our Newport to Bermuda bound race boat swears by his Dubarry boots for a secure safe grip on a wet foredeck, warmth in cold weather, and dryness; they are light enough in weight to assure his nimbleness as well, Those leather mocs that Sperry makes are comfy ashore or out for a day sail on a perfect summer day, but many sailors change them at the dock before boarding for more rugged sailing shoes that both dry quickly when wet with salt water (leather shoes take forever to dry) and are also less slippery. As soon as you wear those Sperry mocs ashore you degrade the sole, they take a beating on gravel or pavement and are soon unreliable. I like the Sperry ASVs, others swear by Rugged Sharks and Harken, Musto, Gill, and Henri Lloyd all make excellent boat shoes.
~Hearthstone Farm

Bitsy said...

I usually wear Sperry's. I have both the AO and the Bluefish and find I tend to go with the Bluefish most of the time. Several years ago I got a pair of Merrell sailing slip-ons at the recommendation of a friend. These are no longer made. I also have a pair of Musto Dynamic Pros. Both the Merrells and the Mustos grip well and drain and dry quickly, but I seldom wear them. My husband wears anything that meets Patsy's requirements: non-marking and comfortable, and often what he's already wearing.

Alexandra said...

Love that you featured the DuBarry boots too. I love mine...nothing more waterproof, hardworking and yet great to look at. I wouldn't be without a pair. Etienne fixed me up with mine at the Royal Male in Newport.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 3:20 :

" ... but it was much too close to a Mall experience to me. " LOL .Hilarious! I know exactly what you mean... Sperry stores are mostly located in shopping malls now.

James said...

I wear Sperry Billfish now but mainly for their versatility. For true boating wear, I don't think that these are any better than the old Tretorn canvas pair that survived my tennis. The Converse All-Stars were great shoes but not the best on wet deck where the Tretorns pulled through just fine. I should get another pair of those.:)

Anonymous said...

No one has mentioned Sebago boot shoes. Wore them for years in college and afterwards. I think they were better made and more comfortable especially for wearing on the streets.

John G said...

I have whatever the older version of the Sperry "bungee sneaker," "water sports" model is called, and it performs very well for sea kayaking, especially launching or landing on a rocky area or one with deep sand. Good protection, holds fairly tight, dries fairly quickly, less sand in my shoes than with others I've used.

As to boat shoes, the Gold Cup are certainly more comfortable than the original AOs (blame the tautology on Sperry, not me) . Quoddys are great if you can spend that much. Rancourt is another good company for shoes made in Maine; worth spending time with either company discussing sizing before placing an order.

Anonymous said...

Agree with 6:49 about Sebago. They're harder to find but made better. Although now Sperry and Sebago are both part of the same company - Wolverine. Sebago is still less mass-market.
DWA

Seadog said...

I agree with the Sebago postings. I have worn their
Clovehitch model for years and could not be more
satisfied. Great on deck and comfortable and
supportive around town when we arrive in port.

Anonymous said...

I was recently informed at a Sperry store that their shoes are now made in the Sebago factory and therefore the sizing will be different...

Wasp Decor said...

I've always loved my CVO canvas Sperry sneakers. I've worn those for years and years. I was upset when they discontinued them for awhile. They're back now and I've stocked up on them. I love the traction on a wet deck ( actually, I haven't been on a wet boat deck since the 80's).
I think they look great with a pair of Red's/khakis.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Sperry soles going "hard," I speculate the cold has something to do with it - I have had a few pairs go hard (both traditional and performance styles) after the winter. The most recent pair after being left in my trunk through much of the winter. With the traditional dog paw type soles, going at them with a little sandpaper and even a sander if necessary will bring back some of the grip.

andrew said...

i like sperry's gold cup because the insole and midsole are more comfortable for standing and walking around.

for any hardcore sailing in a dinghy - lasers, 420s and the like - shoes and sneakers are not great. i prefer neoprene booties with a grippy sole, sperry seahikers. ugly but more effective.

i think boat shoes can be maintained the same as any leather shoe. a generous cleaning with saddle soap will loosen up stiff leather, then treat with some light leather conditioner. Gokey's sells conditioner through Orvis. Limmer Boots in New Hampshire makes great leather conditioner too.