This men’s boat shoe says it all: preppy, upscale, quality and comfortable in one stride. Handcrafted in Maine, USA the Sperry Gold Cup Authentic Original Boat Shoe is a step above the rest with impeccable stitching and premium materials. Sperry’s GC Handcrafted Leather Authentic Original Boat shoes are the ultimate in upscale casual.
The newly launched for Fall 2018 capsule collection is a limited edition run that highlights comfort, quality construction and the premium materials used. The shoes are beautiful and the quality of construction in the handcrafted leather uppers is hard to miss from the moment you open the box. Comes with 2x soft fabric sleeves for storage.
They’re pricey at $374.95 more than doubles from their Gold Cup brothers but when you put them on and look down, you’ll know where that money went. You can feel the quality in construction in each fold and seam as you run your fingers around the contours of both the interior and exterior. Our only complaint is, “Gold Cup Handcrafted in Maine Authentic Original Boat Shoe” the name just doesn’t feel long enough.
The Handcrafted in Maine Gold Cup Authentic Original Boat Shoes should not be confused with the Gold Cup Authentic Original Boat Shoes priced at $159.95
Sperry has provided the Gold Cup Handcrafted in Maine Authentic Original Boat Shoes to us so that we could provide first hand review coverage of the fit, comfort and quality along with our experience to our readers.
Construction & Materials
It’s important to build from the ground up and Sperry uses a heavier more durable Vibram sole for better grip and cushion. The premium leather upper is attached to a full-length footbed that is firm yet flexible and 3x as dense for an excellent foundation. Underfoot the cushioned Ortholite footbed with Latex outsole provide maximum comfort with each step.
On the interior soft genuine deerskin linings comfort your feet and feature a dotted pattern throughout the sidewalls, arch and toe box area so they breathe quite well.
On the exterior the Horween and Tasman US premium leathers offer beauty and long-lasting durability. The 360 degree lacing system uses genuine rawhide laces and rust-proof eyelets so they’ll always look good and remain functional to fine tune your fit if necessary.
Go ahead and look closely, you’ll find that the stitching is solid and very well done, clean and precise. The holes are hand punched and hand-sewn to perfection; details you can surely only find in a handcrafted product.
Fit & Feel
The GC handcrafted Boat Shoe runs pretty true to size and wears very well. The elegant and refined construction is prominently noticeable and boy do they shine. The traditional brown and trendy Navy blue work equally well with white linen pants, jeans or chinos folded with a cuff at the bottom, you get the idea.
They’re also very comfortable for extended wear; good for an all-day stroll… They’re a little expensive for daily drivers but that won’t stop you from wanting to wear them everyday. Luckily these are shoes worth resoling again. They are very comfortable even for our EEE wide feet. The leather materials and heavier Vibram sole make them a little weighty which makes them feel like they are well made.
Sperry’s Gold Cup Authentic Original Handcrafted Boat Shoe may just end up being one of your favorite shoes in the arsenal; guaranteed to elevate your outfits. These modern boat shoes are handcrafted for style and comfort with an attention to detail that can’t be matched by mass production line footwear. The Gold Cup Handcrafted in Maine Authentic Original Boat Shoe is the ultimate in upscale casual, and comfortable enough to go the distance. Beautiful shoes. Made in the USA.
Men’s Gold Cup Handcrafted in Maine Authentic Original Boat Shoes $374.95
STS19578 – Navy, STS19579 – Brown, STS19577 – Natural