Sperry’s new Performance range, the best water shoes for summer

Warmer weather means camp shirts, 5-inch shorts and, of course, Sperry season. The American shoe brand was launched in 1935 with grippy, sturdy boat shoes for long days on wet decks, and has since become ubiquitous with collegiate preppy style. Seriously, most millennial men had at least one pair of these moccasin-style slip-ons on campus, and we kept wearing them well into adulthood. They are durable, breathable and look great with just about any casual summer outfit.

Now the OG boat shoe dives into watersports with its new Sperry Sport line, a suite of performance shoes designed for kayaking, paddle boarding and all your water adventures.

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“We’ve built the best gear so people can play on the biggest playground in the world,” Sean McDowell, senior vice president of product creation at Sperry, wrote in a press release. “[It’s] serious design for serious fun.”

The new collection features six styles that solve virtually every problem we’ve had with hot weather footwear. Its boots have a perforated exterior so your wet feet won’t stink, the wavy flip-flops have an Adaptive Wave-Siping outsole that wicks water away quickly, and the entire line is outfitted with Sperry’s signature slip-resistant outsole to deliver plenty of traction.

Plus, each piece has a dual function of style and function. We love that its lace-up sneakers nod to the brand’s Top-sider silhouette, and its Deck Boots are flanked by sporty piping that looks great on and off the water. Our men’s health fashion team co-signs this collection.

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“These performance shoes offer ultimate support, comfort and functionality,” says men’s health Fashion Director Ted Stafford. “I tried paddle boarding with the Men’s Water Walkers, and they helped me stay upright all the time and kept my feet comfortable enough to keep paddling all day.”

In other words, these are the best shoes for the busiest days of your Wet Hot American Summer. Prices range from $54.99 to $199.99 and are available at sperry.com.

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