A long weekend gives us just seventy-two hours. Factor in sleep—and the fact that we sleep so deeply with all that fresh air—and that leaves only forty-eight hours of fun and relaxation. And while many of us wish we could spend all of those hours lazing on the dock, drink in hand, the reality is that a cottage weekend is pretty jam-packed with activities.
But no matter how you spend your cottage weekend, Sperry makes a perfect shoe just for you. Famous for their iconic boat shoes, which have become cottage staples, the brand has branched out with nautical-inspired styles that can take you from boat to brunch and beyond.
That means a pair of Sperry shoes just might be the ultimate cottage footwear. Because even when we can’t do everything at the cottage, we want to bring a little “cottage” into everything we do. Here’s how to find the right pair of Sperrys for your favourite cottage pastime.
Morning coffee on the dock
We cherish the time we spend with friends and family at the cottage, but some of our favourite weekend moments are spent alone, fresh coffee in hand, before anyone else wakes up. Sipping coffee while watching the early-morning mist roll across the silent lake is a feast for the senses, and the perfect way to start your day. And with Sperry’s Float Slide Sandal, which is designed to absorb shocks but not water—all while keeping you from slipping while you sip on the dock, you’ll be ready for wherever the day takes you once the caffeine kicks in.
A day at the beach
There’s no shortage of great beaches in cottage country communities and towns along the Great Lakes, but boating to your favourite “hidden beach” is one of the secret pleasures of lake life. Wherever you catch your rays, and however you get there, you can arrive in functional style with the Float Fish Boat Shoe from Sperry. It’s grippy for getting in and out of the boat, comfortable for sandy strolls, and designed with “gills” and “portholes” to keep from getting waterlogged. And best of all, they float in case you lose them in the surf.
Lunch at the pub
From boat to brunch, or lunch at the pub in town, Sperry’s Authentic Original Boat Shoe is the cottage classic that started it all, and there’s no corner of cottage country where they don’t belong. Their Wave-Siping soles offer traction in both wet and dry conditions, and their EVA foam midsoles absorb shocks without looking like clunky gym sneakers. Slip on a pair for an original nautical style that suits any occasion.
Dinner in town
“Cottage casual” can mean a lot of things, but whether you boat to dinner or drive into town to meet friends, there’s no need to overthink or overdress. Wherever you can find patio space on a warm summer evening, the Kennedy Wedge Sandal from Sperry will be the perfect fit. Their nautical-inspired stripes convey cottage style, while their jagged rubber soles help you keep your grip on the boardwalk during a post-dinner stroll.
Taking a downtown stroll
We love a good walk in the woods, but we’re just as partial to a downtown stroll, especially when day-tripping. There’s no shortage of quaint towns with bustling strips in cottage country and beyond, and the SeaCycled Bahama 2.0 Sneaker is the perfect shopping companion. Their memory-foam footbeds and hidden gore entry make them comfy and easy to slip on and off, and their recycled materials make them kind to the nature we love. Best of all, they go with everything, no matter what you try on in your favourite cottage-country shop.
Ready to embrace classic nautical style at the cottage? Shop now at sperry.com.