It’s Boat Shoe Summer – Just ask John Legend

The weather getting warmer means one thing: it’s boat shoe summer and everyone needs a pair this season. Created in 1935 by Paul Sperry, boat shoes have been a summer staple for over eight decades and 2021 is no different. Available in a wide range of colors, styles, and materials, from the luxe Gold Cup collection to the more casual rubber soled Bahama, a pair of Sperry Boat shoes is a must-have for every man. 

This also makes them an ideal gift for Father’s Day – the hard part isn’t deciding whether to buy a pair; it’s choosing which pair is just right for you. Fortunately, there’s a style guaranteed to make every dad happy this year, whether in a classy neutral or a fun pop of color. To help guide shoppers towards the ultimate in Father’s Day gifting, Sperry turned to musical artist, producer, father and Sperry Global Brand Ambassador John Legend to curate an exclusive selection of his favorite products. 

The Grammy winner has long incorporated boat shoes into his wardrobe, calling Sperry’s Authentic/Original leather boat shoe “an ultimate classic, and my reliable go-to shoe every summer.” And as the beloved father of Luna and Miles, John Legend has the hands-on experience to know just what a dad really needs this Father’s Day. 

With that in mind, Legend has created a Father’s Day Gift Guide featuring his personal recommendations from Sperry’s upcoming summer collection – shoes that are guaranteed to be a hit. See below for a couple of his stand-out picks, curated with care from Sperry’s line of boat shoes, loafers and sneakers. 


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A boat shoe is the classic style of the summer, but that’s no reason not to have some fun with the colorways. This particular choice pairs sleek grey suede with a vibrant red rubber sole, allowing the wearer to add a little zing to their step while still being modern and versatile. The A/O 2-Eye Color Sole retains the original’s rawhide laces and moccasin structure so wearers can be sure of premium comfort and support, while keeping things bright this summer.

Says Legend, “Perfect for when I want to add a pop of color to an outfit.” 


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For trendsetters who want the style of a boat shoe but the streetwear edge of a sneaker, this new hybrid from Sperry is a standout choice. The Soletide features a combination of perforated leather and suede on the upper and balances the boat shoe’s heritage design with the latest in Wave-Siping technology for enhanced traction, making it a favorite of discerning shoppers everywhere – John Legend included.

Legend chose this style “for a refined, retro vibe.” 

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