Sperry’s New Performance Line, the Best Water Shoes for Summer

Warmer weather means camp shirts, 5-inch shorts, and of course, Sperry season. The American footwear brand launched in 1935 with grippy, sturdy boat shoes for long days on wet decks, and have since grown ubiquitous with collegiate preppy style. Seriously, most millennial men had at least one pair of these moccasin-style slip-ons on campus, and we’ve kept wearing them well into adulthood. They’re durable, breathable, and look dope with just about any casual summer outfit.

Now, the OG boat shoe is diving into water sports with its new Sperry Sport line, a suite of performance footwear made for kayaking, paddle boarding and all your nautical adventures.

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“We’ve built the best gear for people to play on the world’s biggest playground,” Sean McDowell, SVP of Product Creation at Sperry, wrote in a press release. “[It’s] serious design for serious fun.”

The new collection features six styles that solve virtually every problem we’ve had with hot weather footwear. Its boots have a perforated exterior so your wet feet won’t stink, the wave rockers have a Adaptive Wave-Siping outsole that drains water quickly, and the whole line is equipped with Sperry’s signature anti-slip outsole to provide plenty of traction.

Plus, each piece pulls double duty on style and function. We love that its laced sneakers call back to the brand’s Top-sider silhouette, and its Deck Boots are flanked with sporty collegiate piping that look great on and off the water. Our Men’s Health fashion team co-signs this collection.

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“These performance shoes provide the ultimate support, comfort, and function,” says Men’s Health Fashion Director Ted Stafford. “I tried paddle boarding with the Men’s water striders, and they helped me stay standing the whole time and kept my feet comfortable enough to keep paddling all day.”

In other words, they’re the best shoes for your Wet Hot American Summer’s most active days. Prices range from $54.99 to $199.99 and are available on sperry.com.

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