As the weather starts to brighten-up and the Dubai International Boat Show is still fresh in our memory from last week, what better timing for authentic nautical lifestyle brand Sperry to launch a new footwear collection just in time for our seasonal wardrobe change around.
Since the brand began, Sperry Top-Sider has undoubtedly played a huge role in shaping American style. The shoes have reigned through 75 years of fashion, an enduring sense of style that supports their vision that “true fashion never goes out of style”. Paul Sperry invented the original boat-shoe in 1935 inspired by his cocker spaniel, Prince’s effortless ability to run over ice and snow. Sperry then went on to create the cunningly crafted non-skid sole of the Razor-Siping, a shoe of unique ingenuity that spawned an entire brand of iconicity.
As the Spring Summer 2012 collection takes-off, it is clear to see that Sperry Top-Sider truly is a brand of endless creative evolution. The preppy, yet undeniably chic collection of men and women’s shoes feature a vibrant kaleidoscope of colours on top an array of patterns and fabrics. A far cry away from the original water performance footwear specifically invented for sailors. They continue to be built with the same exceptional quality that resonates deep within their brand heritage, however now their innovative and somewhat outlandish designs have transformed the traditional boat-shoe into a modern classic.
The versatile collection in all its glory ranges from nautical features of soft stripes on distressed salt washed canvas with details of rope lacing and open stitching, to the more lavish alternatives of metallic snakeskin and head-turning details of neon soles and vibrant aluminium eyelets on classic leather structures. The contemporary blend of the earthy tones of natural fabrics, contrasted with the intense hues from the shine on the more manufactured materials, mesh to produce faultless footwear to define a season of fashion. One thing is for certain; this collection really tests the boundaries of the classic boat-shoe.
The range of designs can be dressed up or down to suit occasions from long British summer weekends in Hyde Park with friends, to that annual family trip to the Henley Royal Regatta, or even for a luxurious romantic break on a yacht in the Med. There truly is a pair for each and every individual who enjoys “the good life in, on and around the ocean”.
Written by Grace Williams 18/03/12