Even some of the most timeless style classics deserve a shot in the arm from time to time, and no one knows that better as we roll into summer than legendary footwear brand Sperry and the fresh, modern American clothiers at Rowing Blazers.
It’s not the first time the two brands have teamed up, but the new Sperry x Rowing Blazers partnership might be the most vibrant and bold upgrade yet of Sperry’s time-honored, eight-decade-old boat shoe.
You might say what’s old is new again, given that Sperry first pioneered the boat shoe for sailors, and it’s now found on the feet of stylish celebs the world over.
Dubbed the Rowing Blazer Sperry A/O (for Authentic Original, a la the original Sperry name), the refreshed, collaborative shoes certainly aren’t the first line in the sand that Rowing Blazers has drawn when it comes to breathing new life into preppy, coastal staples.
Take the blazer itself, or the brand’s rugby and Oxford shirts — the revamped take on a timeless classic falls right in line with what Rowing Blazers does.
The trio of shoes arrive just in time for summer, as luck would have it, with a similar look to the OG style and yet some new bells and whistles to satisfy even the most ardent fans of Sperry or prep-meets-streetwear (or both).
The updated Rowing Blazers Sperry A/O places the three-eye boat shoe atop a sturdy white Vibram lug sole, all the better to let the colorful upper really do the talking.
Two-toned Tasman hiker laces set this innovative take on the classic boat shoe apart from the pack even further.
Perhaps the most modern innovation in the Sperry x Rowing Blazers collaboration? The fact that the upper is fashioned from 100 percent certified rPET, otherwise known as the plastic found in soda bottles and food containers.
The material has been dubbed SeaCycled canvas, a fitting nod to turning ocean plastic into something much less harmful to the environment.
Complete with a special Rowing Blazers zig-zag motif pull tab, each set of shoes is an eye-catching addition to any summer wardrobe, with a price that’s more than agreeable should you find yourself coveting multiple pairs.