Sperry Top-sider, the original top-sider, has finally arrived in the Queen City of the South, opening its flagship retail store in the Visayas in the upscale North Wing of SM Cebu. Sperry Top-sider now offers its iconic boat shoe collection to Cebuanos who share the same passion for the sea.
The opening was marked with a ceremonial nautical rope cutting by Councilor Eduardo Rama, Glenn Soco, Islands Group CEO Jay Aldeguer and Karen Ong, Retail Operations Division Manager of Sperry Top-sider.
The Sperry Top-Sider story is known for its ingenuity and innovation. One wintry day in New England, Paul Sperry watched his cocker spaniel, Prince, run across a frozen pond by his home. Noticing Prince’s amazing ability to maintain traction on the slippery surface, Sperry examined the dog’s paw and observed hundreds of tiny cracks and cuts going in all directions. These wave-like grooves became the inspiration for Mr. Sperry's latest patent, called Razor-Siping™, which was instrumental in the development of the now iconic 'Authentic Original' which Sperry introduced in 1935.
Globally, Sperry Top-sider continues to evolve, with shoes that go beyond boating. The brand now offers new looks by introducing on-trend silhouettes and materials such as oxfords, loafers, flats and wedges, which were featured in top fashion magazines, namely GQ, Vogue, Esquire, etc. It is a most-sought after shoe line worn by Hollywood celebrity A-listers like Kanye West and Blake Lively.
Aside from its stronghold in fashion, Sperry Top-Sider is dedicated to delivering the latest technology for enthusiasts to handle the demands of their sport. This year, they announced its title sponsorship of the US Sailing team, who competed in the London 2012 Games in Sperry Top-sider footwear.
The innovative, fashionable, trendy colors and materials of Sperry Top-sider’s 'Authentic Original' continues to attract a new audience of enthusiasts― people who have discovered Sperry Top-Sider and appreciate the shoes’ substance and style.
Sperry Top-Sider also has retail stores in Manila located in TriNoma and Glorietta 3. They are also stocked in Complex Lifestyle Stores in Eastwood Mall, Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall and Ayala Center Cebu, Shoe Salon, Rustan’s and select Department Stores. For updates, you can like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
In keeping with the Sperry Top-Sider boating theme, I attended the event dressed in my nautical-inspired outfit. I wore this white jacket with gold buttons, blue and white sailor stripes, and red accents.