Thursday, July 11, 2013



Men's Shock Light Bungee w/ ASV Technology dampens vibration+lessens shock in heel up to 40%, removable full length footbed, Adaptive Wave-Siping ™, ultra-lightweight---and easy adjust for great fit $90 available now

"A passion for the sea..." defines American brand SPERRY Top-sider---a name that conjures up the classic boat shoes that continue to define what the feet of sea faring types wear.

Now part of the Wolverine Worldwide footwear family, this American brand (since 1935)---continues to be inspired by the founder's dog's paws-(wavelike grooves) that managed to grip the ice of a frosty New England landscape ---unlike his challenged owner.

Men's Sea Kite Sport Moc w/ Adaptive Wave-Siping, removable full length compression molded EVA footbed, water resistant leather and mesh uppers and linings for quicker drying. Handsome shoes -available now
The original rubber outsoles of the original Sperry Top-sider...has morphed on(in)to a line of good looking
 kicks for sun, sand, side+boardwalk, surf ---and gym---being durable, grippy for slick decked boats, SUPs and other hard surfaces,  insanely lightweight, breathable and fast water draining/drying.

 Sea Kite Sport Moc in dark tan-has boat shoe references...

bottom right-the Authentic Original classic boat shoe...
For Fall 2013 (ships late August) Sperry Top-Sider gives the guys a Gold Cup Collection-innovative takes on classic men's styles (oxfords, chukkas, slip-ons)-using premium traditional materials meshed out with comfort in mind-often using the company's Anti-Shock and Vibration technology (ASV)---that reduces shock up to 30%. Seasonal theme=Coastal Discovery...

Gold Bellingham Wingtip $180

wave pattern for terrific non-marking grip

Gold Cup Collection for men-Gold Bellingham Gore Slip-On $180-shock absorbing all day comfort outsole with uppers that'll work in casual to more formal environments
Available now-water shoes:

Pictured below-sandals are comfortable, super lightweight-and functional.

Men's SON-R Pulse Thong ---full grain leather upper,  compression molded EVA cushioning  footbed cover,  SON-R tech. heightens foot's natural sensory responses w/ outsole pods allow great feet feel of terrain, fast drying uppers/linings available now

Men's SON-R Sounder Shandal-w/ metatarsal pods for improved sensory feedback on slick surfaces helps a lot, hydro-grip rubber outsole for traction, mesh details for quick drying, anti-microbial lining, internal drainage for quicker drying/comfort available now
grippy outsoles...

waterproof Sea Hiker $152-w/ rubber waterproof construction over neoprene for protection/warmth, gusseted side-lace entry for custom fit-w/ optional red laces too...available now
two on the left-very cool looking Men's Sea Hiker-left left one is waterproof ($125), right-$80-both with Adaptive Wave-Siping™ that disperses water underfoot -,slippage on wet/dry surfaces, hydro-grip rubber for maximum on deck traction, and Sperry Top-Deck 360™-provides integrate rubber outsoles w/ optimize all around grip and performance. SeaHikers have the patent pending GripX3 Technology™for sailors wanting "ultimate grab" -from a unique combo of Adaptive Wave Siping™ and Hydro Grip® rubber.
On right side-the SeaRacer Leather Sneaker $110-weighs in at 273g-with Adaptive Wave-Siping™, hydro grip rubber outsoles, removable footbed w/ independent chambers for greater foot feel, hydrophobic uppers+linings for fast drying available now

SeaHiker-made of hydrophobic material 4MM neoprene for secure fit and warmth...and flex. With zipper garage, and an adjustable strap $80 available now

Women's Sea Kite $100 sport moc hybrid w/ Adaptive Wave Siping®, removable full length compression molded EVA footbed, and hydrophobic uppers/lining for quick dry available now. Men's versions too.

Shock Light Bungee-in navy and neon green-removable footbed...

Another view of men's Shock Light Bungee w/ ASV Technology-in light grey- dampens vibration+lessens shock in heel up to 40%, removable full length footbed, Adaptive Wave-Siping ™, ultra-lightweight---and easy adjust for great fit $90 Available now.

rich leathers, hand sewn's slip-on doesn't get more classic than this...a keeper Gold Bellingham Penny and Gold Bellingham Gore-Slpi-On (left)  from the Gold Cup Collection $180

Above the waist comfort is another necessary performance wear company but one that is home grown and an under the radar cult fav, BLUESMITHS.

Based in Maui, Hawai---athlete driven Bluesmiths knows what it takes to make a functional piece of equipment that one wears to highly protect against sun's rays- that are fast drying, boast great hand feel and are breath-ably comfy- looking sharp -all smartly cut-men's boardshort, long/short sleeve water shirts, and wind protective hoodies.

On the water individuals-whether kayakers, surfers, SUPers, boaters...have all -day comfort---with smart details like pockets with key leash/cable management, non-corrosive zips (when used), and techy textiles blessed with anti-odor control active>silver™, using Schoeller's temps lowering and sun reflective Cold Black® in some selections (UPF 30 at least-wet or dry-and we race in separates made with this so we know it lives up to its claims)---and the workhorse NanoSphere™ water repellent/fast drying/naturally dirt repellent treatments/fabric finishings---with dynamic stretch---for those on the go.

The men's hoodie-lightweight warmth--- made functional via Polartec® WindPro®-with adjustable draw-cords for the hood and a port for headphone cables.
one way to commute to work

Big plus-these separates are "tailored" --- able to  handsomely be worn in casual settings as well as urban environments. Après off the beach, anywhere...

great packaging-dark grey plastic ouch w/ zipper pull details the same as ones on apparel

back pocket with key/cable---zipper tab
We wore our gal's sized/fitted  Kanaha L/S water shirt ($90) repeatedly during the past 2 weeks worth of intermittent thunderstorms while hiking---as the lightweight non-clammy/moisture wicking/stretchy top (with great shape retention btw)...  was cooler to wear than a rain jacket---and with our umbrella folded up when not needed...we knew we had guaranteed sun protection---

back few-pocket unobtrusively lower right side...

Easy care too-makes a versatile travel top...comes in a wide range of sizes xxs-xxl. Impressive. Fit tip-we're 5'6 but got the xxs-sleeves and torso length just fine...
close-up of breathable material...with non-chafing seams that are stitched-stitched-stitched for durability. Nice color waves too-the articulated  panels aid in mobility unlike a lot of water shirts.

What else to love-the Maui beach webcam on Bluesmiths website...also set-up for e-commerce.