Broke out the Sperry Topsiders Gold Cup Collection today. The whites. The eye-catchers. The jam. – WGP
I thought I might keep it subtle today. What was a warm morning has cooled considerably. It still feels like early spring; between the mid 50’s temps and the light, spitting rain it’s hard to deny. A raincoat will be necessary for my journey into Manhattan. The situation calls for something dressier than my Sperry mocs, or Bean Boots. I’ve kept it simple with grey J.Crew pants, and my vintage Eggers & Silk brogues made in Downtown New York sometime in the early 80’s.
But should I cross my right leg over my left knee they will be in for a surprise – a splash, if you will of orange, blue, & purple from my Gant argyle socks. Subtlety is key in certain situations. This is not one of them.
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Merry Shoesday. I’m working on breaking in these Sperrys as hard as I can. So far blister free. (knocks on wood) – Drake
Presenting my shoes: Allen Edmonds Fairhaven (precursor to the McAllister). Beautiful day today. I’m getting that early spring excitement full force. – Tommy V. | http://thighsbiggerthanyourhead.blogspot.com/
I don’t particularly enjoy waking up before I have to. I like an early morning as I get a good deal done before the sun rises, but when I am awake, as was the case this AM, because I cannot simply turn off my brain, I at least can have a stupid smile brought to my face via Zach, Slater, Kelly, Lisa, and the rest of the crazy bunch from Saved by the Bell. But that smile is easily extinguished when the damned Miss Bliss episodes are airing. I’ll take the Tori days over these any day of the week, and even those are barely tolerable. Miss Bliss’s liberal agenda and teaching methods are enough to make me wretch, and don’t even get me started on her friend and coworker, Tina. Bullet? Meet brain.
But there I sat, enjoying my morning coffee, cursing the name of a fictional teacher after being awoken from a vivid dream of marriage, thinking to myself, “Man. I really need to find myself a girl or some semblance of a life, dude.” Eh, I’m good probably. Flying solo, I was able to hunt down the Levi’s buttonup for a mean $40 this past weekend. So there’s a feather in my cap. No tie your shoes and get to work, slacker.
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Insomnia. I was up at 3:45AM this morning and opted to not lie there frustrated. So I took a walk through the warm Denver February morning. Last week it was nearing -20 at the same time. This week, a good roll in the jeans above the Sperry plain toe oxfords and, what I have now come to know as my empowerment sweater. It’s a J.Crew v-neck and it’s this royal blue/purple. I have a meeting this afternoon and wanted to feel, well, powerful. Bring it.
I like my bluchers so much. I wear the hell out of them, I have never seen anyone else have the same set by Sperry, they are comfortable as all get out, and I got them for a cool $15 at Marshall’s. One of those rare finds I have really yet to emulate save for the Topsiders I found there awhile back. In the insomnia-riddled hours this morning accompanied by two fill hours of Saved by the Bell (Johnny Dakota episode included), I decided to give them a buff and a shine. They aren’t sparkling like new, but they are scuffed and warn just right.
The weekend was one for the books, I can tell you that much. Between dinner with Eli, brunch at Racine’s, double digit hours spent in the park, enough Budweiser to choke a large elephant, karaoke bars, hanging from rafters on rooftop patios, getting hassled by rednecks, vodka/Powerades at 4am and a massive sunburn in the shape of a polo, I can say that I am indeed tired. But dammit if it wasn’t the perfect “send off” before starting at the new job after a long weekend.
But after all the running around, I have to say that my Sperry Topsiders have seen better days. While they made for the perfect park shoe, transitioning nicely from the grass to the bars, I will say, now, I need another pair. Beaten and tattered, tried and true, they do look sort of mean all war-wounded out (see: Walt putting holes in the bus in Slapshot). But with the start of a new job and the want to look my best for my new coworkers and clients, I got to find a shiny new pair. Want vs. need. I know the difference. Nordstrom Rack, I’m about to be all up in your shoe section. Thank goodness a location is en route to and from the new office.
Onwards and upwards, friends. 2010 is the year of new beginnings, bettering your life, and generally just kicking ass. Do it to it, and do it to the best of your abilities. And then more.
An idea-packed lunch Saturday with the illustrious Eli Getson yielded some famous results of creativity, cemented plans, and a future so bright, the use of protective eyewear is a must. Having no plans afterwards, I randomly checked out a Marshall’s location in the ‘burbs. Among the knock off iPod accesories and Polo Club Association gear were a slew of authentic Sperry Topsiders. Still on cloud 9 from the meeting, I went ahead and snagged the navy/white and brown/white colorways. Summer is coming as is the Yacht Party*.
* Yacht party details coming soon.
I snapped a shot of one of my favorite pairs of shoes in my growing collection which just so happened to be a pair of Sperry Camp Mocs I snagged for a cool $15 at Marshall’s. Looking back, I should have bought all 4 pairs on the discount shelf, but I didn’t know I’d wear the hell out of them. Since, I’ve gone though a number of polish jars keeping the one pair I have (and cannot find ANYwhere) clean and primed for everyday wear. With Spring coming, I’m all too ready to rock them with cuffed khakis, no socks, and a few bottles of Andre in the park throwing the frisbee with some good blokes. Sure, that’s a hippie sentiment (cursed be the modern-hippie), but I can see it now: The park, my dog, a few feigned loved interests (cheap thrills, s’pose), good friends, and, Lord knows, passing out on some couch somewhere within walking distance to home. I’ve got a lot on the plate for 2010. Sperry’s new mocs are among them. Why not, right?
PS- Finding a dame to help carry the canoe? Priceless.
It could be complete coincidence or, maybe, I just have good ideas and people sometimes do listen, but a few days back, I caught a Twitter update from needlepoint experts, Tucker Blair, asking what company us consumers would like to see them partnering with. Thinking not too much about it, I replied with this, a simple request they check out Sperry. Not that this is a call-out in anyway, I am happy to see that just about a week later, they actually did get with Sperry, issuing the following statement:
Tucker Blair has partnered with Sperry Top-Sider to bring our Classic Needlepoint Belts to customers around the country through Sperry’s retail store concept. This partnership builds on our commitment to provide customers with amazing products and maximum value. Our needlepoint belts will be priced the same at Sperry stores as they are at tuckerblair.com – ensuring the partnership stays true to our core philosophy of creating needlepoint belts of unparalleled quality and value.
Good stuff. Congrats all at TuckerBlair. I like seeing these sorts of things happening. Plus, it reminded me that, even with all the madras shopping I’ve been doing, a new pair of top-siders is a must. And since Sperry is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of said shoe, I’ve got plenty of styles from which to choose.
Well, we made it through another year, didn’t we? We had some ups and downs, ins and outs, these and thats, but for the most part, it was pretty spectacular. Personally, 2009 was a revamp year. I got into a pretty decent groove pertaining to my wardrobe. I ditched the many of the ways of old in favor of classing it up a bit. I still need to get a whole helluva lot of shoes off my hands (if you’re interested, let me know), but for the most part, I purged closets, storage units, and dressers to make room for a slew of new polos and wovens as well as many a decent Sperry finds at Nordstrom Rack. I’ve decided that one can never have too many pairs of Topsiders. That said, a trip to the Rack is long overdue.
So, as fruitful as 2009 proved for seeing me look better on the daily, 2010 is the year for finally pulling the trigger on the to-do list I created over the course of the past 12 months and beyond. It has been years, now, that I have talked about and wanted to visit Nashville. So, finally, after much delay, I am going. It helps that I now know someone there versus before only banking on meeting and befriending Jack White so he’d let me sleep on his couch. I still hope that happens, but if not, i now have lodging provided. While I am going to hold off on a new travel bag for right now (I want to see how much cash I blow through this weekend), much travel is planned this year and some new gear to accompany me on these trips will be needed. One step at a time, though. Nashville first. Then, who knows?
Somehow I missed quite the spectacular event this past weekend: Seems a group of folks got together, donned lumberjack apparel, and proceed on a Colfax pub crawl in said garb. How I was not aware of this is beyond me, and I am actually quite upset I missed it on a number of levels. The first being the fact that the female contingent that dressed up were gorgeous. And a girl in lumberjack gear? Be still the ticker. The second reason, I want to meet some new people. So, I have decided to take charge and plan the next epic crawl, complete with new theme and route.
I’m officially announcing the Momentum Yacht Club Pub Crawl. If you’ve read any of my musings here, you know I have a sick affinity for all things boat shoes, topsiders, and nautical-themed decor. It seems though that everyone is doing this Colfax route, which means I need to find another path to take. If I could get Sperry to sponsor this thing, maybe throw a new pair of Topsiders my way even though I did snag a pair of Camper Mocs yesterday for $15 new, the night would be spectacular. We have a few sea-loving bars around town so there’s that option. Stay tuned for updates. Also, throw a comment down there if you’re into partaking in this. And a quick side note: I recently found out Colorado actually has a Yacht Club…the highest Yacht Club in the nation, as a matter of fact.
Let it be known that Ben does not share my affinity for the beloved boat shoe that I call my favorite style of footwear. Though, as of late, I think I’m turning a corner, convincing him that the classic shoe is well worth it. It’s sort of hard to not love a good topsider especially when you can pair them with virtually any wardrobe, save for a tux or three-piece suit. Hell, they go well with shorts or slacks, jeans or a swimsuit. I’m really, really excited about Sperry’s new offering for the upcoming season, in particular the Buffalo Plaid Chukka. Boot and boat shoe in one? Deal, Howie! Deal! Who said you can’t wear a dock shoe in the winter? Well, someone, I’m sure, but this is a way to get around that. Hey, rules were meant to be broken, right?
What’s more, though, is that the fact that colder weather is in fact coming, it’s a good time to get in on some good deals on Summer style footwear. I was looking at BenShermanUSA.com last night, because of Ben’s review of his Weekender yesterday, and came across their footwear. The Port? Yeah, it’s only $60 right now. Sale. Get some. Even further than the Ben Sherman site itself, I was able to track down a different colorway of the Port all the way across the pond for even a little less. After shipping, it may be roughly the same. Still, nothing like taking advantage of end-of-season sales.
And speaking of sales, etc., I got another Nordstrom Rack postcard in the mail claiming that on August 11, new items are coming to the store. Let’s hope this actually happens this time. Last time they announced the addition of new items, Ben and I had to cry shenanigans as there was very VERY little new.
For the second (or third) week in a row, I’ve opted to hit up the Nordstrom Rack down Park Meadows way vs. the Flat Iron location en route to Boulder. And for however many consecutive weeks, and despite what mailers and signage has led me to believe, there hasn’t been a dramatic influx of new product. Here’s my gripe: I have now seen the same pairs of Sperrys sitting on the shelf for well over a month. It doesn’t trouble me so much that there aren’t many new shoes, it’s more the fact that the price hasn’t dropped. At all. Obviously the product isn’t moving, Rack. Slash the price by 50% and I will buy two pairs. See that? A cure to your over-stocked shelves and my under-stocked boat shoe collection.
All the same, there were a few new sneakers worthy of a camera-phone photo…. Continue reading
I know what you’re thinking: “But, Will. Modern Amusement is one of your favorite companies. As is Sperry. Why would you add these beauties to the Garage Sale?” Well I will tell you. It’s not easy. But time has come to spread the joy onto someone else’s peds. Simple as that, really.