I recently purchased and returned a pair of new boat shoes.
They were the same size and model number of a shoe made by Sperry four years ago.
The model number from the label inside the tongue reads: 0777924
The shoes purchased four years ago were fantastically comfortable and had a good non-skid siping design on the sole, hence my desire to re-purchase the same model. They performed well.
The current production shoe in the same model number was purchased at a local chain shoe store. Although they carried the shoe in stock, my size wasn't available. They offered to order my size and ship directly to my house.
Upon arrival there were two issues with the new shoes, the most serious is the design of the sole siping.
The design of siping has been changed from a "razor" cut (classic design?) to a new molded open style siping. This is an unacceptable change. The new siping pattern allows small grit and pebbles to imbed in the siping. This leaves scratches on the boat's gel coat finish.
The razor cut siping is a superior way to make a non-slip, non-marring sole. It's what Sperry has marketed for years as a superior shoe, why the change?
A minor issue is that the sizing/fit is no longer accurate. I bought the same shoe size 8M in the 0777924 the new shoe was too loose and was cutting at the ankle and heel.
I really like this shoe. Very comfortable, stylish, and fits well. I plan on buying this same shoe in brown. Other places have the same type of shoe but the quality does not appear equal to this company.
This is my third purchase of this style boat shoe, they provide a rugid and practical tread for fishing on the Gulf pf Mexico. The salt water takes it toll on the shoe but that applies to any leather product.
Great shoe that sperry Billfish. Great style and they almost go with anything. Great for boating, or just simply laying around. My only concern is that the shoe runs a little big, with the leather stretching and all. Also you really need to buy leather care gel with these shoes as they will get unsightly stretch marks eventually. Overall these shoes are the best in boating and I would buy another pair any day. Good luck with yours.
I buy a new pair of the mens Billfish every year however I really do not need too as they wear great and last a long time.My brother bought a pair for half the price I paid for on line from Sperry but the shoes are perfect they arrived on time and I will buy another pair next year.
The shoe is an excellent product with no breakin time.
PostedApril 12, 2013
Tried other brands, but the Sperry's shoe was the best in overall comforate and resistence to stains. Excellent traction on both wet and dry surface, even on polished gel-coat of a performance boat. Stylish in both casual and day and night functions.
I am very dissatisfied with the Sperry's that i ordered my son. They are being sent back as they are very poor in quality. He wore them one day and they are falling apart. My husband and i have worn Sperry's for years and loved them but this was my Son's first Pair. It was all he asked for for Easter and he was so upset. It looks like they were never stiched completely. I will be returning and we will likely not buy Sperrys in the future.
I have always loved sperry's but when i opened the box and but them on, the right shoe was perfect but the left one felt like it had a rock in it, the sole and stitching were off on the inside so everytime you took a step it felt like there was a rock on you big toe.
Bought this shoe and loved the fit and how comfortable they were. Wore them for a 5 days in a row during a conference in FLA and walked to restaurants at night. When I got home I noticed the stitching at the top was coming loose and unraveled on one shoe. Took the shoes to my local shoe repair shop for restitching and paid $35. I love Sperrys so hoping this was just a fluke problem.
Bought the shoes for my high school senior and he says they are so comfortable - he's a baseball player and has always had arch problems but can't stop raving that these shoes are awesome. We ordered 11 1/2 wide but next time we'll order 11 wide for a better fit.