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Sperry Top-Sider Men’s School Spirit AO Boat Shoe Review

Even at first glance, Sperry Top-Sider Men’s School Spirit AO Boat Shoe is the perfect combination of old-school Top-Sider tradition and modern style. If you’re looking for a classic style of boat shoe that is “tried-and-true,” then keep reading.

Sperry Top Sider School Spirit AO Boat Shoe

They are pretty sexy in red.

Head Turning Leather

With an emphasis on school spirit (Go Dawgs!), Sperry offers these slick Top-Siders in the following bold colors: Royal Blue, Light Blue, Maroon, and Red. Here is what one of many satisfied customers had to say: “Sperry shoes are the most consistent, comfortable shoes out there. Keep getting compliments on how great they look, especially when it comes to the color. Would love them in every color!

There you have it, Sperry! We want more colors. Nevertheless, in my humble opinion, the Maroon and Red colors are the most versatile. This is slightly painful to admit because blue is my favorite color.

Specifics and Details

  • A “grippy”, non-slip rubber sole (manmade).
  • Original raw hide laces. (Not for consumption).
  • Footbed that allows for breathability. Whew! This is a relief.

Customer Reviews and Scores

Coincidentally, the Sperry Top-Sider Men’s School Spirit AO Boat Shoe is the best way to show off your true iconic colors. It is also not a surprise that these boat shoes have very high customer reviews. At the time of writing, over 21 customers have left excellent reviews with a rating of 4.5 stars out of a possible 5 on average! Not bad, not bad at all.

However, there was one specific review from a slightly disappointed customer that caught my eye: “They are comfortable, but they don’t feel good after hours of use on hard surfaces.There’s no arch support, and I would probably recommend a higher-quality version of Sperry’s if you are looking for everyday use.

So, I dug a little deeper in the reviews and found 2 other customers who also agreed that their Sperry Top-Sider Men’s School Spirit AO Boat Shoe needed additional support. Like the customer pointed out, one quick solution for this predicament is to consider sole inserts for your boat shoes. These inserts may not be the prettiest additions to your boat shoes, but they will help to bring support and relief to aching feet.

On the other hand, a pricier option is to look at other brands of boat shoes with arch support. We recommend checking out Rockport Men’s Perth Boat Shoe and Sperry Top-Sider Gold Boat w/ASV. Granted, these two styles of shoes are a bit more expensive, but they will provide even more support.


In summary, these shoes have a ton of raving customer reviews and look sharp. The only downside is that there are limited colors available and some complaints about arch support.

Let us know what you think below!

The Age Old Question: Should You Wear Socks or Liners With Boat Shoes?

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of owning a pair of boat shoes, then you already know that over time and with regular wear and tear that they can become quite, well, how can I politely put this nicely… odorly?

Traditionally speaking, it is isn’t advised to wear socks with boat shoes for a variety of reasons. For starters, you risk the chance of looking a bit out of place or perhaps even unfashionable (see picture below).

Sperry Boat Shoes

Don’t do this, please…

Boat shoes are also very iconic and centered around nautical themes like the ocean, water, fishing, boats, etc., therefore it just doesn’t make whole a lot of sense to wear socks with shoes that are intended for use in and around water.

Now, listen, I consider myself to be pretty down to Earth, but some diehard boat shoe enthusiasts will swear that they have not and will not ever wear socks with their boat shoes.

But let’s be honest, at some point in our lives we have all contemplated wearing socks with our boat shoes. If your feet sweat a lot and you don’t want painful blisters to develop, then wearing socks is an understandable option. Or perhaps you don’t have the luxury of living in an area that is warmer and are guilty of wearing socks in order to brave the harsh elements from time to time.

Low-Profile Sock-Liners Are Your Solution

Fortunately, there is an easy solution that can gives the best of both worlds for fashion and comfort. Sperry’s Men’s Solid Canoe Liner provides a sleek, snug sock that covers your entire foot (so it doesn’t slip off!) as well as prevents sweat from accumulating. Other features of the sock-liner include the fact that they have an anti-microbial treatment and are machine washable. In other words, goodbye smelly feet and hello comfort. Ahh!

Don’t forget, your boat shoes can also become pretty weathered and gross if they are not cared for and treated properly. If they become wet or damp remember to simply place them in a dry area at room temperature. You should never place or leave boat shoes in direct sunlight or high-temperatures areas as this can severely shrink and damage the material of the shoe.

Who Should Buy

  • People who are tired of smelling their stinky boat shoes (or smelling someone else’s stinky boat shoes).
  • People who want to look classy and sharp, without the pain of blisters and/or athlete’s foot.
  • People who want to wear boat shoes in colder conditions.

Concluding Thoughts

In the end, the much divided debate over “socks or no socks with boat shoes” still rages on. As with most decisions in your life, go with your own personal level of comfort.

So, now it’s your turn, socks or no socks?

Post your thoughts below!