Surplus: A Look at Sperry’s Military Heritage

Eight decades since the world’s non-slip boat shoe was made, Sperry releases a collection with a nod to its military heritage: the Surplus Collection. This year, Sperry goes back to the archives, paying homage to the time when the United States Navy named it as their official shoe during World War II.

Tracing its maritime roots, Sperry Surplus takes inspiration from distinct military materials such as ammo cans, camouflage uniforms and olive drabs. The construction, color and details of those components are then translated to stylized utilitarian looks and silhouettes. Attention is paid to the small details, such as the Sperry logo embedded on the foot bed in a military stencil typeface. Prepped to salute, the Surplus collection is available in various styles, such as the classic low cut sneaker look and the high cut boot.

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