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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!