Broken in A/O’s by Sperry Top-Sider for J. Crew

On May 29, 2012, in Shoes, by Ryan & Ben

Image: J. Crew

Though collaborations are running a bit rampant for our liking these days, it’s pretty tough for us to ignore one that involves a couple of brands that are in frequent rotation for us.  In this case, those two brands are J. Crew and Sperry Top-Sider.  Over the past few years the J. Crew “In Good Company” list has grown by leaps and bounds, and we are always looking forward to the next addition.  In our opinion, what sets these pairings apart from most is that it seems that J.Crew knows when to take a back seat and let industry experts do what they do best, and then simply adds a bit of their signature style to round things out.  A perfect example is the A/O Broken In Boatshoe by Sperry Top-Sider for J. Crew ($98).

There are a number of aspects that set the J. Crew A/O’s apart from the standard issue.  First, the color options.  Not only has J. Crew come up with four exclusive leather options (Danbury Red is shown), they’ve also managed to secure an off-white sole that you won’t find anywhere else.  Second is the lining, and this is the touch we really love.  These A/O’s are partially lined with J.Crew’s cotton chambary.  Sure, it’s something that nobody will ever see, but it’s the attention to details like this one that truly set apart a good collaboration piece from a poor one in our book.  Whether you are planning on spending your summer on the water, or just want to look like you are, the Sperry Top-Sider for J. Crew A/O’s are a fantastic choice.


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