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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2009
I'm guessing this latest pair is at least my 15th, and what junk they are. I've only had them a couple of months, and they're already falling apart. The insoles, which only span the rear half of the shoe, have separated from the rest of the shoe and will no longer stay put. They've curled up like parchment. The leather uppers have completely lost their shape. My son bought a pair at roughly the same time as I bought these, and his have suffered the same fate (he's only 15, and he's never had a pair before, so he's got a pretty bad impression of Topsider's at this point). While I can't imagine it could be relevant, I'll note my current pair are Sahara (as are my son's), while all my previous Topsider's were Classic Brown. Unless the quality flaws are peculiar to the Sahara color, all I can say is that Topsider's have really declined in quality. I'm used to these things lasting for a year or more (i.e., until the soles wear out; the insoles and uppers have never been a problem).
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2009
I have worn Top-siders since the 70's. They have always (up until now) been my favorite shoe.
I don't fault Sperry going to China like most shoe company's, but there seamed to be no quality controls with there shoes now. A boat shoe should not bleed dye on your feet for months when they get wet. This is my first pair that the top stitching up by the laces pull out on both shoes. Now both soles have separated from the leather uppers. Sperry has lost a life long customer!Sperry Top-Sider Men's Authentic Original 2 Eye Boat Shoe
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2012
They must have changed the soles on them. They are incredibly slippery- and not just on wet surfaces. Wood floors, carpet and worst of all, boats. It's like having ice skates on. Also wrote to manufacturer to let them know. Only response was that they'd replace them. Oddly, I am not interested in owning more of these awful shoes. Find something else. These are not the Topsiders we all knew in the past.

I even tried to scuff them up some so that they'd be less of a hazard. Doesn't really help. I am throwing them in the trash.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
like so many others, i have worn topsiders all my life...can't tell you how many pair, and all were comfortable, dependable, and lasted. i have bought three pair in the last three years and they are all terrible. the quality in every dimension has worsened. the sides are shorter, weaker, less robust. but my current and frightening problem? the soles are slippery. not so much in the wet, but on slick dry surfaces and even carpeting. they slide dangerously.

i have no idea if this is related to offshore production or not, nor do i care. i just wish there were high quality boat shoes out there, just as sperry's were before.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2010
These shoes have leather laces and strech when wet.They are so shallow that they easily slip off when the wet laces stretch.They also are very slipery when walking on wet gel coat. I'll use mine for boat shows only, they do look good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2012
I loved my old topsiders but I bought another pair recently and after a month the new ones look worse than the old pair. The stitching is frayed and torn around the ball of my foot. The sole is slick, it is like the rubber is dehydrayed. The soles are slick on wood, tile, and concrete and I don't dare take this new pair near water. I am sorely disappointed in Sperry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2009
I didn't buy these from Amazon but I was looking on line for the best price I could get for them. The first pair I bought was back in '95 for $10.00 on clearance. These are by far the best and most durable hanging around town loafers for summer I have ever owned. I have gotten them soaked, run over, covered in mud and they kept coming back. I hate a pair of shoes that the insole comes apart after wearing them once or twice and these lasted over ten years. A quality product. They finally fell apart in 2007 and I was reluctant to let them go but it was best...these have to be the flagship of the company and I hope they never go out of style or become obsolete. I bought my latest pair for $60.00 with free shipping and I am completely satisfied.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2011
I've been wearing Sperry Topsiders since the late 1970's, and have always found them to be comfortable and long lasting. The past two or three pairs, however, have been somewhat disappointing. First it was the stitching along the toe that failed after only a couple of years. They' ve done a better job with the stitching on the most recent pairs, but now the little rivet eyelets for the rawhide lacing heel strap are pulling out or bending. These eyelets never used to come out, but on the last two pairs they are so thin and flimsy that they pop out of the leather, or because they are so thin, the edges of the eyelets bend out and are very sharp. They cut into the leather of the opposite shoe, your ankles, chair legs, and anything elst you scrape them on. I don't dare use my feet to scratch a mosquito bite on my legs while wearing them. There are eight heel eyelets on each shoe for a total of 16. Of the 16 on my current pair of Topsiders, 13 are bent outwards or pulled entirely out of the leather, and held on the shoe only by the rawhide lacing.
That being said, I must tell you they are about four years old, and I wear them almost daily. I ALWAYS put sole inserts in them because they are very thin soled, and I can feel every stone or stick I step on if I don't. Yes, they resist getting stinky, but I wear socks 95% of the time to keep them from getting that way. I often put them through the washing machine with bleach or oxy to refresh them (which is a nice thing about the Sperrys, they stand up to repeated washing.)
Soon I'm going to have to make a decision between buying a $200.00 +/- pair of made in the U.S.A. leather mocs, and another pair of Made-in-China Sperrys at about a third the price. I think I'm going to spend the money to get quality. Life is too long to walk around with bloody ankles.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
I never write reviews but i feel like this required a review and a buyer beware. I had bought the shoes for a summer wedding/summer vacation. I bought them a month early so they would be broken in, well two weeks in the insoles started lifted when I got cought in the rain and got them a little wet, not even soaked. So bought 5$ glue and glued the soles down, no big deal. They were great and comfortable for week #3 of full use at the wedding, on week #5 the leather insoles have seperated from the cushion bottom, prompting more glue. I went on my vacation to the carribean and boy did they fall apart, stitching coming apart here or there, the insoles were so bad the leather would roll up and require me to keep taking my foot out and re stretching the leather out flat. I pulled them out and had to modify the leather with scissors just so i could stand wearing them. This is by far the worst shoe I have ever owned, worse than Targets version of a boat shoe for 30 bucks and these cost me almost 100$. Thanks Sperry
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on April 2, 2013
Many of these reviews mention that some of the newer Sperry Top-Sider Originals have soles that are slippery on wet surfaces, including the boat decks for which they were designed. I visited the retail store at Century City Shopping Center in Los Angeles on 2nd August 2013 and mentioned this issue to the clerk, because I have a pair of slippery ones that I had purchased at Nordstroms. The clerk said bring them in and get a store credit! He said there was a manufacturer who made many soles with an incorrect rubber formula and Sperry will replace such shoes with new ones that are not slippery when wet.

So ignoring the slippery soles issue I will review the original Top-Siders and say they are still a great shoe to wear with or without a boat, and always without socks, and they are still very comfortable and absolutely washable inside and out. While I also have the Gold Cup type with the extra impact absorbing sole etc., and those are less tiring on a long walk or for standing on concrete all day, I have to say the look of the Originals is just better, more cool and stylish. The uppers are shorter and expose more instep than on the Gold Cups and the original leather insole without the memory foam and smooth leather is less sticky and keeps you cooler on a hot day.

So unless you walk with a big heavy slap of the foot or a heel jam, which you really should not do anyway, the minimalist Originals are still as great as they always were, and so addictive that you always want to wear them. They are also a healthy alternative to flip-flops which can cause foot and back problems if worn all the time. Top-Siders are fine in very hot weather, so unless you need to have tanned toes, dump the flip-flops and use your Sperrys.

Finally, in case you don't know, you can wash your Originals with mild soap and water and dry them in front of a room fan and have them back in service, completely clean inside and out, in about an hour.
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