Discovering Sperry Top-Sider

Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes

Complex Lifestyle Store launched a new line of shoes just recently and I was happy that I got the chance to be there to witness the unveiling of an American Original. And that’s when I got introduced to Sperry Top-Sider. I guess Sperry is a regular household brand when shoes are concerned back in the US and I never really realized how big this brand is until I saw their line of shoes and I saw my friend’s reaction upon the mention of the shoe brand.

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Prior to the launch, I mentioned to my friend Ed that Sperry was the brand name that will be launched in the Complex Lifestyle Store and I could almost see through our chat conversation the excitement that was building up on my friend’s face which was why he didn’t hesitate to ask if it’s still possible for him to join the event.

I am guilty of not knowing anything about Sperry. And even a couple of days after the event, I told an officemate about Sperry and asked him if he knows the brand. I guess he was restraining from rolling his eyes over when he replied with a big “Yes”. Raffy is a top-sider fanatic too and he had to inform me how he’s been dying to get a Sperry but couldn’t as it was too expensive. I reassured him that it’s not that expensive but he told me that the Sperry design he was eyeing in Rustans costs around 9k. I simply told him that the stocks sold in Complex Lifestyle Store are half that price or even lower. I also told him that this was the 1st time that Sperry Top-Sider brought their brand to the Philippines so my guess was the expensive shoes displayed in Rustans is priced as such since there was no competition around. But with Complex stocking every Sperry design you’d imagine, there’s no reason why every top-sider fanatic like my friend Raffy couldn’t afford to buy one.

Sperry Top-Sider: An Americal Original

Sperry Top-Sider has been an American favorite since 1935 when Paul Sperry, inspired by his dog Prince’s ability to run nimbly over ice and snow, used a pen knife to cut siping into the outsole of a rubber snearker. This ingenuity, along with the iconic inspiration of other design details launched an American Original. Our mission is to share this unique story with a new generation that will embrace our brand because of its heritage, authenticity and optimistic personality.

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As Paul Sperry watched his cocker spaniel, Prince, run across the ice on a winter’s day in Connecticut, he noticed his dog’s amazing ability to maintain traction on the slippery surface. Turning over Prince’s paw, he 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™, and were instrumental in maximizing the traction and performance of the Authentic Original Sperry Top-Sider first introduced in 1935. Since inventing the first boat shoe, our brand continues to share our “Passion for the Sea” with those who enjoy the good life in, on and around the ocean.

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I too am a fan of top-sider shoes, though you’d rarely see me wearing one. But upon seeing the different designs available at the Complex Lifestyle Store, I couldn’t help admire them all. They were sooo pretty! I love!

Sperry Top-Sider

A Sperry Top-Sider for Her

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When I tried checking out the soles of the Top Sider, I couldn’t help but admire the Non-Skid Sole feature of their shoes. What I saw was a flat sole with those zigzaggy lines all over its back. When I tried to fold the shoes, I discovered that those lines were actually slits – a truly remarkable design!

Sperry Top-Sider

Just recently, Sperry Top-sider celebrated their 75 years as America’s favorite nautical footwear. This brand as been awarded the 2010 Plus Award for Design Excellence in the Men’s Street category. Because of Sperry Top-Sider, a love affair with “boat shoes” back in 1935 was launched and continuously charms every person on the go.

Sperry Top-Sider Barrel Tassle Knot

my barrel tassel knot

Another cool thing about each Sperry Top-Sider shoes is the barrel lace on their authentic leather shoelaces. We even got the chance to try doing a barrel tassel knot and the fastest to make 5 rows of knots get to take home a Sperry! Too bad I didn’t win. lol

how to tie a barrel tassel knot

If you’ve got time, check out the Sperry Top-Sider shoes available at the Complex Lifestyle Store at Ayala Center Cebu or at Eastwood Mall. Just remember, if you don’t see the logo name +Top-Sider, then it’s not Sperry.


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Complex Lifestyle Store Stocks Sperry Top-Sider

Complex Lifestyle Store Ayala Center Cebu

Always stocking the freshest merchandise, Complex Lifestyle Store is now offering respected American heritage brand Sperry Top-Sider. On display is a well selected assembly of the iconic boat shoe in canvas, suede, metallic and the classic leather as it was invented by Paul Sperry in 1935. Expect to see more of Sperry Top-Sider very soon!

At Complex Lifestyle Store, our aim is to curate the best merchandise and ideas from a wide array of brands from footwear and apparel to accessories and integrate them into a single unique experience. We believe in redefining the boundaries of popular fashion and culture to deliver progressive solutions demanded by today’s modern lifestyle.

Herea are a few of the brands Complex Lifestyle Store stocks:

Creative Recreation, Ecko Unltd., Zoo York , Pony, Sperry, Keds, Energie, Havaianas, Heima*, Ray Ban, G-shock and Nooka*

*not available in Ayala Center Cebu

Catch the latest Sperry Top-Sider designs from Complex Lifestyle Stores located at Eastwood Mall and Ayala Center Cebu.

Eastwood Mall
E. Rodriguez, Jr. Avenue
Quezon City
+632 709 2183

Ayala Center Cebu
Cebu Business Park
Cebu City, Cebu
+6332 412 6827



  1. I saw this one lately in Ayala, and can be considered as “FAIL” for not noticing the brand. But I’ve been wanting to have shoes like this!
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  2. i just bought my first pair last Monday and I’ve worn it 3 times already. I love my topsiders. it’s soft and comfortable… and the design is suited to my taste.
    Here’s what i bought:

  3. the dog is cute! haha super. 🙂 can I copy the image? hehe!
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