Letter to the editor: Sperry's unreliable?
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012 16:09
While wasting time on the UVM memes Facebook page, I came across a “Condescending Wonka” meme about Sperry Top-Siders.
The meme, which pointed out the fact that Sperry’s are supposed to be boat shoes, not only made me laugh, it made me think about the shoes. I can’t help but wonder why Sperry’s are as popular as they are.
I received a pair of Sperry’s for my birthday this year. My best friend had been raving about them and I was curious to see what they were like. However, I soon found that they aren’t all they are cracked up to be.
My friend swore up and down that her Sperry’s were the most comfortable shoes she had ever owned. The thing that she left out was that Sperry’s will destroy your feet before they become comfortable.
About 40 minutes into the maiden voyage of my Sperry’s, they started to torture me. It started with the blisters on the back of the heel that are pretty much customary with any new pair of shoes. Then I developed blisters on the top of my foot where the shoes rubbed against my skin. By the end of those 40 minutes, I was hobbling.
I have had my Sperry’s for three months now and I still can’t walk more than 50 feet in them. Don’t get me wrong, they are very comfortable as long as you don’t move. Walking is overrated, isn’t it?
I just don’t understand how these little torture devices became so popular.
I’ve been told that I just need to build up scar tissue in the places that they give me blisters. I don’t feel the need to scar myself for a pair of shoes.
People put themselves in pain for the sake of fashion but in the case of these shoes, is it worth it?
Class of 2014