Size and fit

An addition to Sperry’s low-top sneaker collection, the Sperry Lounge is available exclusively for women. For those whose preference is a roomier forefoot, most users suggest getting a half-size up. This slip-on trainer takes a couple of wears before breaking-in but once achieved, delivers the much-needed comfort. 

Additionally, the memory foam insole contributes to the added cushioning to keep the wearer’s feet comfortable.

Sperry Lounge Style

Thinking of ways to style the Sperry Lounge is a no-brainer because of the timelessness of the design and the multiple basic colorways of white, gray, navy blue, black, white and sand.

Don on a Sperry Lounge and thrown on with pretty much anything -- jeans, shorts or casual dresses. One can even wear this sockless if one prefers that.

Notable Features

The Sperry Lounge features a lace-to-toe (LTT) closure. The intertwined, knotted rope laces are in keeping with the nautical inspiration that Sperry is known for. Although looking very much like a lace-up, this kick highlights its slip-on attribute which adds to that fun vibe.

Pinstripe rubber foxing in navy blue and the Sperry signature wave patterns are visible on the midsole.

Sperry Lounge History

Having joined as a naval reserve in 1917, founder Paul Sperry learned all the nautical know-how of the craft. Working in his father’s textile company allowed Sperry to learn the trades of running a business.

Perry, a hardcore outdoorsman, bought a sailboat and traveled from coast to coast with his wife, Pauline. 

A slipping accident one night in his sailboat motivated him to fabricate his own shoe as the boating shoes available in the market lacked the anti-slip factor. Sperry continued experimenting on various materials and methods but never came close. Until he found inspiration from his pet, a cocker spaniel, running around on the frozen ground without falling once.

Carving the herringbone zigzag pattern -- now known as “siping” -- across the rubber delivered the needed traction. After patenting his creation, Sperry, with his business background, marketed the Canvas Circular Vamp Oxford and was a hit.

From one-hit to another, Sperry released the Authentic Original. Earning the nickname of a “boat shoe,” the AO features leather that is salt-water resistant and saddle-lacing closure.

Since then, Sperry shoes have been worn mostly on land on campuses, offices, malls, etc. and is synonymous with the preppy look.

Nice to know

  • Also available in cotton mesh and ripstop uppers.
  • The cotton mesh and ripstop editions have textile heel overlay for added reinforcement.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Other
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Canvas, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable / No lace
Colorways: Blue

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.