A pair of Quoddy boat shoes are on my " must buy" list....Sperry is not what they once were...
Oh, I don't know, I've been wearing Top-Siders for 40 years and other than my recent ones being made in the Dominican Republic, they seem to be about the same to me. They cost about a third of what Quoddys sell for and while I have no experience with Quoddy (to praise or critique), I am not disappointed with my Top-Siders these past years. My oldest pair are probably 10 years old now.
Chris, the last couple of pairs of DR made Sperry Topsiders came apart. Quickly....less than a year.
I am about to purchase my first pair of Quoddy's, thanks to this blog. It will be a pair of the women's camp slippers. I need a new pair, I like these, and I hope they will turn out to be as advertised. Looking foward.
Quoddy's seem to run smaller than the Alden Cape Cod models. I have a Quoddy pair that is pretty trim on my feet. What is your experience?
I just ordered a second pair of Quoddys - classic boat shoes this time; my first are a pair of the boat mocs. They're the best and most wearable shoe I've ever had. Going to be in Camden in 2 weeks planning our move there for next year. There's really no place like Maine and nothing quite like Maine-made products.
I have two pairs of Sperry classic Topsiders - one is at least 15 years old and the other well over 20 years. Both are still in decent shape. I wear them a lot and take care of them by treating them with shoe cream every so often and I keep shoe trees in them. I had the older pair bottoms restitched once. I also have two pairs of Sebago Clovehitches. One just a couple of years old and the other well over ten. Again, in character with much of the SWNE community, I take care of them in the same way and they seem to last. These particular Sebagos have softer, cushioned insoles which are better for walking. The classic Topsiders give better footing on the deck of a boat, especially sailboats. Also, with leather insoles, it's easier to empty the sand from the beach. Sometime I'll try a pair of Quoddys. Dave
This reminds me of a cute joke:A few days after his wife disappeared in a kayaking accident, a Bar Harbor man answered his door to find two grim-faced Harbor Master officers. "We're sorry Mr. Flynn, but we have some information about your wife.""Tell me! Did you find her?!" Cedric Flynn asked.One officer said, "We have some bad news, some good news, and some Really great news"! Fearing the worst, Mr. Flynn said, "Give me the bad news first." The officer said, "I'm sorry to tell you, sir, but this morning we found your wife's body in the bay." "Lord sufferin' Jesus!" exclaimed Flynn. What could possibly be the good news?" The officer continued, "When we pulled her up, she had 12 of the best looking Atlantic Maine Lobsters that you've ever seen clinging to her........Haven't seen lobsters like that since the 60's, and we feel you are entitled to a share of the catch." Stunned, Mr. Flynn demanded, "If that's the good news, then what's the REALLY great news?" The officer replied, "We're going to pull her up again tomorrow!"