I've always worn just plain old Sperry's but this year I'm really eyeing something like a pair of Quoddy's or Oak St. What's your favorite, Skip?
Good question. I love them both. I'm very curious Quoddy's soles. Does anyone have any experience with them?
Actually, I really wish that you had posted pictures of the soles. The primary reason why Sperry is my go to versus other boat shoes is that I prefer the way the soles are cut, and I very much dislike the other options. The grip isn't the same.
The cutting on the soles of the Sperry is called Siping. It is also done on tires to provide traction in wet/slippery surfaces. It's inventory, John Sipe, worked in a slaughter house and wanted to develop a way for him to stop slipping on the wet/bloody floor. There is actually a siping knife that is used to create the pattern on the soles and tires.I own a pair of the Quoddy, its a double leather sole, so really holds up, BUT not that water friendly.
I am the proud owner of a pair of these Quoddys as well. True, they do have a double leather sole, but also have the white Vibram rubber outer sole for traction/water resistance. In contrast to my Sperrys,the Quoddys have more support and are overall more comfortable due to a softer, molded footbed.
Sperry has "jumped the shark."
Russell Moc also offers a boat shoe. Anyone have any experience with those?
Always been a Sebago guy. Never tried any others other than Sperry. Frankly I kind of like how stiff the Sebagos tend to be.BMO'C
When I bought my first pair of sperrys I was greatly disappointed at the build quality. They tore after 4 uses and the stitching in their internals was not done properly (you could feel the roughness of the thread).I believe that they are greatly over-hyped and are popular as a product of preppy/fashion blogs mentioning that they are casual wardrobe staples. As such, the torn pair would be the last sperry I use, another brand on this list would be my next choice.
IMHO the best are those properly made in Maine by real experienced people. I have a pair of Oak street Bootmakers and a pair of Rancourt's, both far away in quality from the rest (also in price) but worth every penny...Regards
@Noble County Gold, yes, I know both the proper terminology and the history behind the siping on Sperry's, but good information for anyone who didn't.
Those soles on the Quoddys are a new offering. I'm not sure how well they hold up, but they certainly look interesting. I've got a pair of their lined boat shoes with a camp moc sole, and they've held up wonderfully over the past 3 years.