Lexington, Mass. (October 1, 2013) – Sperry Top-Sider, the leading global nautical performance and lifestyle brand, announces five new performance water styles and several product updates for spring 2014. Sperry’s grip on performance began over 75 years ago when Paul Sperry invented the world’s first boat shoe and the brand continues to lead the way with its largest-ever performance line debut in 2014.
“We are excited to introduce our most expansive performance line to date, with the introduction of the spring 2014 line,” said Lee Baxter, vice president of performance at Sperry Top-Sider. “We’ve incorporated the latest grip technology into classic styles that will perform for everyone from Olympic sailors to paddlers and ocean-side vacationers.”
Headlining the 2014 performance line is the H2O Escape Bungee, a true do-it-all amphibious shoe featuring Adaptive Wave Siping™. Innovative channels in the midsole align with similar channels in the sock liner to help water escape from the shoe more quickly. A lightweight fabric upper and midsole construction make it a great all-day shoe and perfect for everything from sea kayaking and stand-up paddling, to sailing and fishing. The H2O Escape is $90 and is available in multiple colors for men and women.
The Sea-Sider will appeal to Sperry Top-Sider loyalists who have come to expect the best in boat shoes from Sperry. Classic Sperry styling is updated with quick-drying, highly breathable mesh uppers and a more anatomical shape. The Sea-Sider’s outsole incorporates Grip-X Technology™, developed with the U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and found in the brand’s top performance sailing shoes, making this a modern day classic. The Sea-Sider is $75 and available for men and women in several colors.
Developed in conjunction with Team Sperry Top-Sider paddlers, the Ricochet is the latest in performance footwear featuring SON-R Technology™. The Ricochet offers a state-of-the-art lugged outsole, which provides excellent traction and a unique patented SON-R sock liner to increase sensory feedback. The Ricochet also has lightweight, minimalist uppers with capped toe and heel construction, allowing for a true performance fit. Tightly woven mesh and strategically placed H2O Evac drainage ports block debris while allowing water to flow out of the shoe. The Ricochet is $80 and available in multiple colors for men and women.
Designed with the active woman in mind, Sperry also introduces the Chime. SON-R Technology™ provides excellent traction and sensory awareness when in, on and around the water and a quick drying mesh upper dries quickly when on land. Fun, casual and a slip-on style, and a wide array of colors also make the Chime perfect for activities on or off the water.
Building upon the success of the men’s Pulse Thong, Sperry is pleased to debut the female equivalent in the women’s Pulse Thong. Featuring the same SON-R ™ performance sole and foot bed, this flip flop is ideal for water enthusiasts, priced at $60, and also available in a variety of colors.
About Sperry Top-Sider
Since 1935, Sperry Top-Sider has been the leading brand of footwear for those with a Passion for the Sea®. From its introduction of the world’s first siped rubber outsole for non-marking traction to advanced technical fabrication designed to combat the elements, Sperry Top-Sider remains the standard for men’s and women’s boat shoes, high-performance amphibious footwear and apparel for life and activities in, on and around the water.
Sperry Top-Sider’s distinct, classic collections of men’s and women’s boat shoes, loafers, sandals, and more are available online at sperrytopsider.com and around the globe in independent, marine, outdoor, and department stores. Sperry is the title sponsor of the U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, Sperry Top-Sider Melges World Championships, Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week and the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas. Sperry is also the official footwear of the National Safe Boating Council, the U.S. Sailing Association, the Mid Atlantic $500K and is presenting sponsor of the Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series. The brand also sponsors more than 15 high-profile water sport athletes who are part of Team Sperry Top-Sider.
Since early 2010, the brand has launched 30 Sperry Top-Sider retail stores in the U.S., which are dedicated to the Passion for the Sea® lifestyle. You can also shop online for men’s and women’s performance water shoes, boat shoes, loafers, oxfords, and more. Sperry Top-Sider is a division of Wolverine Worldwide.
For more information, please visit sperrytopsider.com.