Size and fit

The Sperry Striper Plushwave comes in a broad range of men's sizes. Sperry added extra cushioning on the shoe by using Plushwave technology, making it feel very comfortable on the feet, ensuring all-day wearability. When it comes to traction, the kick uses a molded Wave-Siping on the outsole providing the feet better support and no-slipping grip. 

Some people find the shoe runs wider than the normal fit. 

Sperry Striper Plushwave Style

What sets Sperry apart from other sneakers is its consistent style that gives a thrill of adventure from escaping the busy city life. And the Striper Plushwave embodies that style. This kick comes in a low-top classic boat silhouette that has a full-grain upper leather. The upper has a six-eyelet lace-up closure and uses rawhide laces for a versatile and secure fit. The outsole used a "Wave-Sipping" rubber technology to ensure better traction. 

The Striper Plushwave is best to pair with Khaki or denim jeans and simple tees for a relaxed, smart casualwear style, or a plain of chino shorts and long sleeves for a beachwear outfit.

Notable Features

The most notable feature of Sperry Striper Plushwave is its undeniable comfort from using Plushwave technology. The materials and technology used in this kick do not only give a long-lasting, light-as-air comfort but also support and rebound that stands up to whatever the day brings.

Sperry Striper Plushwave History

Paul Sperry invented the Top-Sider back in 1935 after his near-death experience from slipping on the deck of his boat and fell overboard one late night into Long Island Sound. At that time, there is no decent boating footwear, and the only available is either a shoe with coiled rope soles or canvas uppers and crepe rubbers. After that incident, Sperry went on a mission and looked for ways on how to make a non-slip shoe. After several attempts, Sperry unraveled the secret from observing his cocker spaniel, Prince, casually walking on the snow.

At first, Sperry thought that Prince's claws make it walk and run on the snow without ease, but upon careful inspection, it was something else. Using a sharp blade, he made parallel cuts in the rubber and formed a zig-zag herringbone pattern. Thus the birth of Paul Sperry's 'Wave-Siping' pattern that completed his first top-sider prototype.

The first model of Sperry's Top-sider was the CVO or Canvas Circular Vamp Oxford. The shoe has a simple upper design with a single piece that sweeps back to the side of the foot, with a quarter panel on either side. The shoe became successful. Because of its success, the shoe became the official footwear of the U.S. Navy in 1939.  Since then, the brand has produced high-quality footwear up until today.

Nice to know

  • The upper comes in canvas or suede.


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