JGW from Pittsburgh
I purchased the black/brown two-toned version. I've worn
them for years and have a half-dozen pairs. I find them to
be extremely versatile and comfortable. They look equally
good with shorts, jeans, khakis, cords and chinos. I travel
a lot and have worn them at the beach, bicycling, on city
walks and even out for dinner with khakis and a blazer. I
definitely will purchase them again.
RG from PA
I've been wearing this brand for a while, and this one falls
in the middle of the pack when it comes to price-quality
ratio. It is generally comfortable and the construction is
solid (good leather and stitches). The sole is fine and of
reasonable thickness, but maybe not as sturdy and slip-proof
as that of other brands (my previous pair was a Timberland
and they lasted 10 years!) The inside is decent but with
various irregularities and thread and stitches that protrude
at a few place. Nothing major, but enough to lower my rating
by a notch.
Avery from Michigan and Florida
Deck shoes, boat shoes or as Sperry calls them "top-siders"
were originally made for sailboat racing. The soles offer
superior grip on the wet, heaving deck of a racing sailboat.
While I don't race, I appreciate the firm footing I get from
this shoe. I've had some difficulty with walking from past
surgeries, so any bit of help I can get is appreciated.
Also, for you sailors or visitors on any boat, the soles are
also designed not to leave marks on the wood decks popular
with pleasure boats. You will be appreciated for that. These
shoes are great and priced right.
Mike B from Atlanta
Shoe-buy, again, was very service oriented, so the issue
with the shoes was minimal. I wear a standard size 9 shoe,
except in some tennis shoes. Since they advised that this
brand ran a little small, I ordered a 9.5, regular fit. When
they arrived they were tight on the top of my foot, so I
decided to go with a 9.0 wide-width, since I thought the the
wider width would compensate for the length. I finally
returned those shoes and ordered the proper fit in this
brand - a 9.5 wide-width. It took a little time, but we got
Mike from Indianapolis
Having owned several pairs of this exact shoe, I find that
the color provided me was much darker than previous pairs I
have owned, although the item number on the shoe tongue
showed it was the same. Retail stores also have a lighter
version of the Oatmeal color. The color needs to be more
consistent and produce the "real" Oatmeal which is a light
buff color, not a medium brown as I received.
Doug from Fairhope, Alabama
This shoe hasn't changed since my first pair in 1982, and
they probably hadn't changed before then since the '30s.
Thanks to them for not trying to improve on what already
works. And there aren't many men's shoes, such as these,
that can be broken in without wearing socks. Thanks also for
continuing to make them in narrow sizes. There aren't many
shoes I can buy that go on my feet and stay on as easily and
comfortably as a slipper.
Zane from Michigan
I bought the Authentic original for a work shoe. As a sales
associate, I need something that is casual but not to the
extent of a tennis shoe. I've had other styles before and
have always enjoyed them so these seemed a very natural
choice. I am pleased with the styling and the fit of the
shoe but did find the laces awkward and uncomfortable. I
wound up knotting them at the sides and cutting the rest
off. Until I did this they dug into my foot quite badly. Now
that I modified the laces I really enjoy the shoes. I would
recommend them to anyone.