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Sperry Quality? Authentic Original Boat Shoes (pictures included)

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So I recently received my Sperry Authentic Original Boat Shoes that I purchased from Macys.com. They didn't have it in their inventory so it was shipped directly from Sperry in Louisville, KY. I got them really cheap, $63.75 each, both in Oatmeal color but in different sizes. I wasn't sure my size and was planning to return the one that didn't fit. These are what I got...


One of these is definitely not Oatmeal. (What looks like the actual oatmeal color is on the right).


The stock number 0197632 for Oatmeal matches on the box as well as behind the shoe tongue.


Look at the different color in soles. The non-oatmeal colored shoe has to what I believe is the proper sole, whitish sole that feels like rubber. The actual oatmeal shoe looks as if the sole was stained yellow (and its not consistently yellow all over). On top of that, the sole feels like hard plastic.


Look at the stitching on the back of the actual oatmeal colored shoe. It's not straight, and strands are prying out of the stitching.

I'm so disappointed in Sperry. It's hard to find Oatmeal in store and now I'm hesitant to order this color online. Maybe I should try Sebago?
 

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I just ordered and received a two tone pair of sebago topsiders. I love them, they are well made comfortable and handsome. I would highly recommend.
 

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My experience has been that they're crap. They're a rip off of Paraboot, who made the original boat shoe. Paraboot still makes them in France. Sperry, random East Asian country.

You make the pick.
 

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My experience has been that they're crap. They're a rip off of Paraboot, who made the original boat shoe. Paraboot still makes them in France. Sperry, random East Asian country.

You make the pick.

Unfair comparison. Sperrys are not crap though they are now (and sadly) out-sourced. How would you compare Paraboot to Quoddy?
 
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