Sperry + J. Crew = Topsiders (Top-Siders)

Hello and Happy New Week!

We have spent most of the day driving halfway across the state and back, so we shall do some quick headlines, starting with an update on one of the Royals we enjoy watching, England’s Princess Eugenie. It seems she has been a little rambunctious.

In fact, one recent headline reads:

Watch out Harry! Princess Eugenie’s about to steal your hellraising crown

Focus Pictures

PHOTO: Focus Pictures

It seems the Princess (one of Sarah Ferguson’s daughters) paid a visit to what we shall call a ‘Gentlemen’s Club’ recently; the Daily Mail is just one of many papers reporting the antics in this story:

“…rocking down to the (misleadingly named) SophistiCats Gentlemen’s Club, a strip-dancing joint where men pay £20 for a girl to twist suggestively in front of them, as Eugenie did last week….

“It was 4am — an hour before the bar closes — when Eugenie and her friends turned up…. when Eugenie and her friends turned up and started tucking into a £165 bottle of Bollinger.”

“She then bustled over to the podium where girls in G-strings were working the poles and asked if she could have a go.”

Not surprisingly, there was no comment forthcoming from either Scotland Yard or the Duchess of York.  In the ‘Good News for the Princess’ category, the young lady did pass her driving test last week. Back to the ‘Bad News’ side of things: we are declaring a “When Pink Goes Bad” alert on the pink eyelashes the Princess is sporting in the photo above.  (We’re betting that Europa Fox has the inside scoop on this story.)

BTW, the always fun Shoe Blog shared the new Eugenie heels from Christian Louboutin.

Eugenie by Christian Louboutin

Eugenie by Christian Louboutin

As we are speaking of footwear, Brooks Brothers is doing their Women’s Shoe Clearance, with styles now 75%  off the original selling price.


Our next headline needs little explanation; it also typifies the “picture telling a thousand stories” axiom:

News of the World (UK)

PHOTO: News of the World (UK)

Why do we have a sinking feeling this photo (which Mr. Phelps has verified as authentic) is already plastered on a batch of tee-shirts somewhere?

The superstar athlete has also issued an apology:

“I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”

The IOC and two of the swimmer’s sponsors have expressed their support for Mr. Phelps, including Omega, who said they consider the issue a private matter and a “non-issue.”  What do you think? Does Michael Phelps have to adhere to a stricter code than other twenty-somethings, or is this a private event that the media is blowing out of proportion?


We jump back to the topic of shoes with our next tidbit.  For one fond of both Sperry and J. Crew, this should be a godsend: those two companies getting together to collaborate on the ultimate pair of Topsiders. There are two different styles: the Men’s Broken-in Original Suede Sperry Top-Siders® in Dark Wood

and the Men’s Broken-In Khaki; both retail at $98.

All styles are lined in J. Crew’s cotton Chambray, and all have been given a broken-in look. There is also this Original nubuck chukka Sperry Top-Siders® in Espresso; this style is $125.

As described on Crew’s website:

“The original boat shoe is back and better than ever. We custom-colored each pair (in collaboration with Sperry, of course) and lined them in our famous cotton chambray—details you won’t find anywhere else.”

If you can just give us a moment here we shall dig out our photos of the Women’s version of the Top-siders.  Give us just a sec…ummm… hold on, we’re still looking…. uhhhh, well, we can’t find them. Why can’t we find them? Because they are not available in Women’s.  Oops. That’s why we said above the collaboration “should be a godsend.” Our thanks to Hypebeast for the original information on this one.


Someone leaked a memo from the Bank of England to WWD and it’s fascinating, as it contains directives as to how female employees should dress for work.  From this story in WWD:

“Look professional, not fashionable; be careful with perfume; always wear a heel of some sort — maximum 2 inches; always wear some sort of makeup — even if it’s just lipstick.” Shoes and skirt must be the same color. No-no’s include ankle chains — “professional, but not the one you want to be associated with;” white high heels; overstuffed handbags; an overload of rings, and double-pierced ears.”

And we thought our wardrobe tilted a bit toward the stodgy!

Until next time!


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14 responses to “Sperry + J. Crew = Topsiders (Top-Siders)

  1. OMG aren’t you glad you’re not Momma Phelps or Momma York right now?


  2. I don’t know why, but I kinda like Eugenie. She seems like a cool girl – one who isn’t taking herself too seriously. Now she just needs to date some punk rock star to really p*ss off the royals.

    Seems those J. Crew boat shoes are more expensive than your typical Sperrys. I would expect nothing less, I guess.

    Happy Monday, TPP!

  3. so that’s why the Bank of England never called back.
    and i’m with you on the lashes, those are best left to the drag performers.

  4. Ooh. I have a lovely pair of Sperry (paisley!) rainboots. I adore them. And J.Crew. I’m not sure if I adore those boat shoes though……

  5. i am disapointed that j crew isn’t coming up with a topsider for the girls. Boat shoes are back and the more choices the better. I’m on the look out for some pretty pink dock shoes…

  6. Love those black heels! I remember top siders growing up; cute but being so short I pretty much always have to wear some sort of heel.

  7. michael phelps is young, and we have all done stupid things so why should he be the exception.

  8. I know Michael Phelps should not be required to be perfect, BUT when you are as famous as he and have as many young fans as he does, you need to make better choices. i.e. make sure there are no cameras around for starters! xoxo

  9. I wore Sperry Topsiders for years. Wow! I had forgotten about that. Don’t think I would wear them again.

  10. What it must be like to live the life of a superstar swimmer or a royal. Apparently they are very busy people….

  11. Is anyone really shocked by Michael Phelps? With a DUI to his credit, hitting the bong at a college party is really just par for the course. No?

    That Bank of England memo cracked me up. It reminds me of my first day at Sotheby’s and the 10-page dress code and decorum document I was forced to read.

    Enjoy Tuesday, TP!

  12. TCP

    I’m a big fan of Sperry for TCP Toddler…they have really cute boys’ shoes! But am less than thrilled that they aren’t offering a women’s line here…grrr.

  13. I was so sad to read this about Michael Phelps, but when I saw it on Perez Hilton, I knew it was true. He usually does not report on something unless he knows it is true. What a shame. I guess it’s tough being a role model to many people.

  14. nice pairs! See also red-soled only for boys Christian Louboutin sneakers!!

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