“Boat shoes” have been a staple for a while now, but I’ve opted out thus far because I’m not a fan of how the shoestrings dangle all over the place. That is, until I saw the Sperry Top-Sider for J.Crew (navy) over the weekend.

What I liked about this particular pair is that you don’t have any shoestrings to deal with, and they seem to have a slightly different color than the standard blue Top-Sider. The shoestrings are part of the shoe, but not in such a way that you tie them. I tried to find my size at a couple different J.Crew stores in Manhattan and came up empty handed at both.

Dang!

Southstreet Seaport J.Crew

But then, suddenly, on Sunday afternoon I remembered that there’s another J.Crew at Southstreet Seaport, which is just a couple blocks from where I live in the Financial District.

Off I went to continue my shoe hunt.

Upon arriving to the store I asked the clerk if they had my size in the Top-Sider , but she gave me somewhat of a, “I hate to tell you this, but we don’t” looks. After a little due diligence she searched and suddenly let out a, “Oh my gosh, look, we have one last size 9!”

She then told me that the Sperry Top-Sider for J.Crew has been an extremely popular shoe and is on backorder, and that, “this is a sign – you have to get these shoes!”

Sold.

During our conversation I said, “I always forget this J.Crew is at the Seaport.” She then said, “Did you know that this store was the first J.Crew store ever?” I had no clue, but it’s a nifty little fact.

The store has a pretty cool setup and there’s somewhat of a loft shopping area on the second floor of the men’s side. It’s probably one of the more comfortable feeling J.Crew stores I’ve ever been in. Check it out if you’re ever in the area.

Anyway, I finally got my hands on the Sperry Top-Sider for J.Crew and highly suggest that you pick a pair up. They have a great look, are comfortable, don’t have the standard shoestring issue (that I think looks redonkulous) and will be something you can wear for several more months.

Click here to pick up the Sperry Top-Sider for J.Crew in navy or brown for $98.

Written by Ryan
Ryan is a southern guy now living in New York City. From business to casual, his style covers a broad spectrum. He loves a great suit, but also appreciates the freedom of an un-tucked shirt and letting loose. Find him on Twitter at @RyanShell.