Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
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Fit & Sizing
The Sperry women’s Sailor Boat Shoe is available in sizes ranging from 5 to 12, in medium width. Its low-top profile gives the ankles more freedom of movement.
Sperry Sailor Style
Looking smart, sophisticated, and laidback at the same time, the Sperry Sailor can be easily dressed up and down. Women can pair this shoe with bright-colored loose-fit jeans paired with a sleeveless shirt wrapped in a washed-blue cardigan. Then top it off with a hat or cap of choice for that casual springy or summery look. For semi-formal wear, the Sperry Sailor also compliments shorts, skirts, and dresses all too well.
The Sperry Sailor is offered in a small variety of plain colorways, in Grey, Ivory, Lilac, and Mint.
The Sperry Sailor Boat Shoe has a soft pastel nubuck upper, which is secured by a 360-degree lacing system with ribbon satin laces. Its non-marking rubber outsole has the famous, patented Razor-Cut Wave-Siping design that provided countless sailors sure-footed traction on wet decks. All this gives the shoe the classic Sperry look.
Sperry Sailor History
Paul Sperry produced his first Top-Sider boat shoe in the mid-1930s: the Canvas Circular Vamp Oxford. The CVO was a thing of sheer simplicity and utility. The upper was made of a single piece that wrapped the whole foot, lined with cotton for a quick dry. The rubber sole was vulcanized to the upper. Such a simple combination made for stable, comfortable footwear.
An adventurer and innovator, Sperry kept on improving the quality of the Top-Siders. He knew he could still make a more durable leather version of the shoe. So he devised a new tanning method that conditioned leather to be tough enough to sustain prolonged exposure to salt and water without crumbling to bits.
Finally, in 1937, Sperry released the leather Top-Sider, the Authentic Original (AO). It was the first shoe to have the classic moccasin toe stitching and 360-degree saddle lacing. Many sailors found the improvements to be effective. The AO was an instant success.
In the 1960s, subcultures begin to embrace the Sperry sneakers. Surfers liked their casual, laidback looks. Tennis players wore them in the courts. College students saw them as casual, pretty, and fashionable—perfect to pair with chinos, madras shorts, oxford shirts, and loose blazers. Throughout the decades, this preppy style, as it was called, hit the mainstream.
After years of making a living in the seas, the Top-Siders had evolved and successfully stepped on land. The brand continues to do so until now, innovating their designs while paying homage to the signature Sperry style.
Among the brand’s latest releases, the Sperry Sailor style is a hybrid of the classic Sperry boat shoe silhouette and a sneaker’s outsole. Its toe box takes on the elegant almond-toe shape, and instead of rawhide laces, ribbon satin laces fastened the upper, giving the Sperry brand a new, fun look.
- The shoe has a full-length Memory Foam footbed for all-day underfoot support.
- Its upper is made of an easy-wearing “broken-in” leather, which helps the foot feel cool.