• Matthew Chebatoris

Gear Review: Sperry Sport Water Shoes Collection


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Earlier this year Sperry introduced Sperry Sport, a new collection of footwear engineered for performance and designed for outdoors enthusiasts. As a brand that was born on the water back in 1935, Sperry continues its heritage of innovation with this new collection.


Built to withstand the rigors and demands of a wide range of activities on the water and the shoreline, each style offers traction control made with non-marking rubber. Performance details such as hydrophobic materials, for easy to clean, quick dry comfort and versatility; enhanced wet traction; and an anti-vibration midsole that offers enhanced cushioning, are hallmarks of the new collection. Every style has been rigorously wear tested and designed in collaboration with water sport athletes.


"We built the gear for people to play on the world's biggest playground," said Sean McDowell, SVP of Product Creation.


Our Take


PaddleXaminer had the opportunity to test out three designs from the Sperry Sport range over the course late spring and early summer: the Water Strider, Wave Rocker, and the Seven Seas 3 Eye Sneaker. Each model is built with a unique set of design specifications while retaining the overall functionality of being great for a range of water sports. Our favorite attribute of the range as a whole is that each model can easily be your one shoe for the entire day.



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Water Strider


A foot hugging, all around shoe constructed with ultra-fast drying hydrophobic materials, the Water Strider is a fantastic options for paddlers seeking well build, durable easy on & off footwear. Recreational paddlers will enjoy the ease of use afforded by the Water Strider. It is also a great après paddling shoe for padding around the boat ramp, rinsing off your craft and transitioning to errands, dinner and drinks with friends, or whatever comes your way.



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Waver Rocker

For those who seek excellent foot protection and great traction, the Waver Rocker model will surely suit your needs. Think pack raft expeditions and long summer days spent in and out of the water. The unique hexagonal mesh outer layer envelopes a soft, internal sock to hold our foot firmly in place with a high degree of comfort and performance. If you're a paddler who likes to adventure hard, this shoe will meet you every step of the way.



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Seven Seas 3 Eye Sneaker

Modeled on a classic deck shoe design, the Seven Seas 3 Eye Sneaker is an elegant looking water shoe option which easily transitions from the aquatic to the terrestrial environment and back again. Perfect for recreational paddlers who enjoy a quick draining/quick drying shoe with a touch of sophistication for activities around the water as much as in it, the Seven Seas 3 Eye Sneaker should be in your inventory.


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