Top critical review
No longer the Top Siders we used to buy.
April 30, 2017
What has happened to the quality of these shoes. I have worn Sperry Top Sider deck shoes for over 30 years and been very happy with the fit and quality, but this will be my last pair. The quality is extremely poor. The fit was a little tight when new, but that is OK because, being deck shoes you need to soak them and wear them until dry to get the right fit.
The problem with these shoes now that they are no longer american made is that if you get them wet ( they are deck shoes and should be made to get wet) they bleed dye all over your feet. The metal grommets through which the side lacings pass are no longer solid rings and they bend outward creating sharp metal thorns that will cut your opposite leg if you should brush your shoe against it (which happens frequently when climbing ladders, etc. aboard a boat).
Bottom line; if you are buying shoes to wear where they will never get wet and you don't intend to use them as actual deck shoes they may be OK. If you intend to wear them while sailng or boating stay away from these shoes.
I mourn the passing of what I had considered an americam icon.