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The Sperrys You’ll Be Wearing All Fall

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You know Sperry Top-Siders.

Of course you do.

There’s a picture of them in the dictionary under “boat shoe.” You can wear them anywhere, from schooners to rooftop bars. And they pair with tweed and seersucker alike.

Well, now they’re unveiling something called the Gold Cup Collection—a fall arsenal of boaters, saddle shoes and chukkas perfectly timed for any autumnal adventures on the high seas or otherwise. Naturally, since originating the boat shoe in 1935, they’ve picked up a few tricks along the way, so you can expect even more ruggedly refined touches, like deerskin lining and some advanced technology to increase the grippiness of the soles in this new line.

Never underestimate the importance of grippiness.

Elle Liberachi Is Not Liberace

via GQ UK

The Game On Lochte: Dissecting the “hip-hop tropical frat boy” look of American Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte. [The Atlantic]

Like A Boss: Cool Hunting hits the track with the recently resurrected Ford Mustang Boss 302. Burnt rubber ensues. [Cool Hunting]

The Full Montenegro: A big part of the Olympics is the playing of the winners’ national anthems—but what if the songs themselves had to compete against one another? Grantland puts all 203 to the test. [Grantland]

No Alibi: For some unfathomable reason, Sperry thought it was a good idea to make croc-skin shoes with gold-plated eyelets. (And hawk them for a grand.) [Put This On]

A Copy of a Copy

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The boat shoe has seen a lot of permutations over the past year, but this might be our favorite. It’s from Band of Outsiders’ ongoing Sperry collab, and it’s entirely painted on. That’s right, you’re looking at the world’s first trompe l'oeil topsider.

The shoe itself is a low-top rubber galosh—a more convenient version of what you’d be wearing if you were actually working on a boat—but the print turns it into a cheeky take on the recent glut of nautical footwear. Just don’t wear it with socks.

Fear & Loathing in Menswear

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Kempt compatriot and American hero Michael Williams (better known as the man behind A Continuous Lean) is out in Vegas for the Project trade show. Things got a bit weird, but he managed to file the following dispatch for Kempt. Godspeed, Michael!

Being in the apparel business, coming to Las Vegas trade shows are a necessary evil. The adventure begins at the airport when you see twenty people you know load in to what is endearingly referred to as the "garmento express," a plane where you can't walk to the bathroom without hearing someone say "feel this quality." Once you arrive and get yourself settled in, the ping pinging of the slot machines gives way to the soft embrace of convention center fluorescent lights.

More info and photos from the western front»

A Nautical Mile

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Band of Outsiders returned to do another version of their successful Sperry Top-Siders revamp, and we have to say that they turned out pretty well.

They swap the treated leather for treated wool, making it a little less susceptible to dunking, and the deep green is more army than navy, but how many of those shoes ever see the top of a sailboat anyway? In this case, we don’t mind a little creative anachronism.

Drille-ing Down

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With sockless weather in full swing, we’ve been rediscovering an Iberian alternative to mandals or the usual deck shoe. Welcome to the wonderful world of espadrilles.

A footwear tradition in the Pyrenees—where rugged ventilation is a necessity—espadrilles date back to the 1300s, but recent years have seen them adopted as a unisex shoe by high fashion crowds. While they're a common sight on the streets of Paris, they're still catching on stateside. The trick to the canvas wonders is the braided jute rope bottoms, both surprisingly soft and slick enough to keep the shoes from getting too funky over the course of the summer.

More on the rope-soled moc»