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Boat Shoes - Sperry Topsiders FAQ

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by HarrisonK, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. HarrisonK

    HarrisonK Well-Known Member

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    I've searched the forums a little but haven't found anything on the different ways to wear Sperrys. I thought I'd ask a few questions and get everyone's opinions here.

    How should I wear Sperry's authentic original leather shoe and they're suede shoe this time of year? Typically I wear both pairs with socks, but I'm seeing pictures online of people wearing these shoes sockless. Is it okay to go sockless in the winter? If I go sockless in the winter should I stick to the suede pair since they seem 'warmer'?

    Now in the summer, is it acceptable to wear suede boat shoes with no socks, or is suede more of a winter material?

    I'd like to make this thread an 'official' boat shoe thread so if anyone else has any questions about how to properly wear boat shoes, please ask here.
     
  2. danilo

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    There is an official sperry or boat shoe thread somewhere, if you would have searched. It's pretty simple, if it's warm enough where you live to walk around without socks, by all means. If it's cold where you live you will look and eventually feel like an idiot walking around without socks. Like, if it's cold outside, do you wear a tanktop because you've seen pictures online of people wearing tanktops the very same day? There are different climates around the world.
     
  3. HarrisonK

    HarrisonK Well-Known Member

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    There is an official sperry or boat shoe thread somewhere, if you would have searched.

    It's pretty simple, if it's warm enough where you live to walk around without socks, by all means.

    If it's cold where you live you will look and eventually feel like an idiot walking around without socks.

    Like, if it's cold outside, do you wear a tanktop because you've seen pictures online of people wearing tanktops the very same day? There are different climates around the world.


    I thank you and appreciate your quick response but that part of your statement I have put in bold front is entirely incorrect. I don't see ads for people walking around sub freezing and snowy climates in tank tops, although I do see ads for people walking around NYC in a sweater, heavy coat, scarf, and boat shoes with no socks.
     
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    It's just a matter of personal preference. I think that good style is the successful combination of practicality and fashion, so I only go sockless when it's warm outside. To me, going sockless in warm weather makes it look like you're trying too hard, because it's incredibly obvious that you're sacrificing practicality for fashion. When you do go sockless, though, loafer socks are a good way to keep your shoes from smelling badly after a while.
     
  5. A.L.Z.

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    I thank you and appreciate your quick response but that part of your statement I have put in bold front is entirely incorrect. I don't see ads for people walking around sub freezing and snowy climates in tank tops, although I do see ads for people walking around NYC in a sweater, heavy coat, scarf, and boat shoes with no socks.

    Can you please post images of such ads?

    Are you sure you were not drowsy with the fumes of Bacchus or worse while viewing these advertisements?
     
  6. ebb

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    Can you please post images of such ads?

    Are you sure you were not drowsy with the fumes of Bacchus or worse while viewing these advertisements?


    Not an ad, but I've seen "sockless" (looks like he is wearing short socks) on Sart in seemingly cold weather at least once.

    http://www.thesartorialist.com/photo...to_6758Web.jpg
     
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    I'd like to make this thread an 'official' boat shoe thread so if anyone else has any questions about how to properly wear boat shoes, please ask here.

    Lurk moar noob.
     
  8. A.L.Z.

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    Not an ad, but I've seen "sockless" (looks like he is wearing short socks) on Sart in seemingly cold weather at least once. http://www.thesartorialist.com/photo...to_6758Web.jpg
    Those aren't boat shoes, let alone Sperry Topsiders. That is not winter in New York city. That is not even New York City. That is Milano....Via Senato. That is not a winter shot. That is September or April/May in Milano....it is at least 65-70.
     
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    Not an ad, but I've seen "sockless" (looks like he is wearing short socks) on Sart in seemingly cold weather at least once.

    http://www.thesartorialist.com/photo...to_6758Web.jpg


    fail homie he's wearing black ankle socks
     
  10. ebb

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    Those aren't boat shoes, let alone Sperry Topsiders.

    That is not winter in New York city. That is not even New York City. That is Milano....Via Senato.

    That is not a winter shot. That is September or April/May in Milano....it is at least 65-70.


    I know they're not boat shoes - I was merely trying to show a sockless look that included cold weather elements. I was under the impression that it was late October. If it really is 65-70 degrees, I'm not entirely sure what a wool peacoat is doing draped over his shoulders. Regardless, you're right in that it certainly isn't the dead of winter.
     
  11. A.L.Z.

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    I know they're not boat shoes - I was merely trying to show a sockless look that included cold weather elements. I was under the impression that it was late October. If it really is 65-70 degrees, I'm not entirely sure what a wool peacoat is doing draped over his shoulders. Regardless, you're right in that it certainly isn't the dead of winter.

    Dude....my father's side is Italian...I have spent time with my uncle, aunt and cousins there.....in APril and May, in Southern Italy, gentlemen parade around with cashmere overcoats draped over there shoulders, while holding hands....father and son, two best friends....if they tried that here, they would be lynched by the God-hates-fags fucknuts.......

    It's definitely not a winter scene.....if you try wearing boat shoes in manhattan today or tomorrow....I hope you have health insurance for the pneumonia medicationantibiotics....
     
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    My apologies then.
     
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    Please don't start anymore threads.
     
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    Please don't start anymore threads.

    + 1 fucking million.
     
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    + 1 fucking million.

    justin bieber isnt allowed on styleforum

    i, of course, would be citing jet as inspiration on this one.
     
  16. HarrisonK

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    It's just a matter of personal preference. I think that good style is the successful combination of practicality and fashion, so I only go sockless when it's warm outside. To me, going sockless in warm weather makes it look like you're trying too hard, because it's incredibly obvious that you're sacrificing practicality for fashion. When you do go sockless, though, loafer socks are a good way to keep your shoes from smelling badly after a while.
    Thanks for the thoughtful response. Loafer socks are a very good alternative to going sockless.
    Can you please post images of such ads? Are you sure you were not drowsy with the fumes of Bacchus or worse while viewing these advertisements?
    Sure, here are two pictures showing people dressed for cold weather (sweater and coat) wearing shoes with no socks. Granted these aren't boat shoes, they are still shoes with no socks. This picture might not be sub-freezing but cold enough for a sweater and jacket: [​IMG] This person in this picture is wearing a heavy toggle coat which implies it is very cold outside, yet he is not wearing socks. [​IMG] As I stated earlier, I know these two examples are not wearing boat shoes but it is the same idea in my mind. Why did you even bother posting here? You are no help to me, or anyone else who might possibly have the same thoughts about my original question.
    Lurk moar noob.
    If there is an obvious answer on this forum, and you are an experienced SF user, why not help out the community and provide me with either a simple answer, or a link to where I could find the answer?
    Please don't start anymore threads.
    What is the last thread you started that helped someone? I think the point of this forum is to help encourage people to have a better sense of style. If a 'noob' comes into this forum asking question because he doesn't know the answer, why not help him out instead of posting useless information? IF you don't know the answer, which I assume you don't, you should not be posting. Are you trying to get your post count up so you seem more knowledgable? I don't see why else you would post something that has absolutely no relevance what so ever. Because of this, you sir, are a 'noob'. You should learn to use the forums and understand the dynamic of public forums before putting anyone down, especially someone who is a 'noob' to this forum.
     
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    Thanks for the thoughtful response. Loafer socks are a very good alternative to going sockless.



    Sure, here are two pictures showing people dressed for cold weather (sweater and coat) wearing shoes with no socks. Granted these aren't boat shoes, they are still shoes with no socks.

    This picture might not be sub-freezing but cold enough for a sweater and jacket:


    This person in this picture is wearing a heavy toggle coat which implies it is very cold outside, yet he is not wearing socks.


    As I stated earlier, I know these two examples are not wearing boat shoes but it is the same idea in my mind.

    Why did you even bother posting here? You are no help to me, or anyone else who might possibly have the same thoughts about my original question.



    If there is an obvious answer on this forum, and you are an experienced SF user, why not help out the community and provide me with either a simple answer, or a link to where I could find the answer?



    What is the last thread you started that helped someone? I think the point of this forum is to help encourage people to have a better sense of style. If a 'noob' comes into this forum asking question because he doesn't know the answer, why not help him out instead of posting useless information? IF you don't know the answer, which I assume you don't, you should not be posting.

    Are you trying to get your post count up so you seem more knowledgable? I don't see why else you would post something that has absolutely no relevance what so ever.

    Because of this, you sir, are a 'noob'. You should learn to use the forums and understand the dynamic of public forums before putting anyone down, especially someone who is a 'noob' to this forum.


    TL, DR.
     
  18. HarrisonK

    HarrisonK Well-Known Member

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    TL, DR.

    No reason for you to read all of it.

    In response to your other post, I asked you:

    If there is an obvious answer on this forum, and you are an experienced SF user, why not help out the community and provide me with either a simple answer, or a link to where I could find the answer?
     
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