Memories - Canvas deck sneakers

Examples of deck sneakers:

Sperry Top-Sider navy canvas deck sneakerThis example of a blue canvas duck deck sneaker is the always classic Sperry Top-Sider.

White canvas duck deck sneaker from Pier 54 (Academy Stores)This example of a white canvas duck deck sneaker is from Pier 54, one of the house brands of Academy Sports and Outdoors. Academy Sports and Outdoors is a sporting goods chain, with stores mostly in Texas, and headquartered in the city of Katy (a suburb of Houston).

Sperry Top-Sider yellow deck sneakerThis yellow deck sneaker is also by Sperry Top-Sider.

Sneakers - tires for the feet?

B. F. Goodrich: Once in the sneaker business (1966)Tires, as well as sneakers, are made of fabric and rubber. Therefore, there should be no surprise that many tire manufacturers at one time made sneakers. Interestingly, in South African slang, "tackies" can be either car tires or sneakers.

High-top lovers rejoice! Join the canvas deck sneaker crowd!

Converse "ConRad" sneaker, a high-top boat-type sneakerConverse has made canvas duck deck sneakers for many years under the trade name "SkidGrip." However, they only once made a high-top version. As you can tell from the color scheme, the "ConRad" was intended to be "Con-Radical"... and it was!

Canvas deck sneakers: the Baby Boomer alternative

Back in the Baby Boom Days, guys typically wore Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star sneakers (or clones thereof). Gals typically wore Keds or similar canvas duck sneakers.

However, both guys and gals had a well-accepted alternative, the canvas duck deck (or "boat") sneaker.

In Boston, these types of canvas duck sneakers are called "bobos." However, in parts of New Jersey, no-name Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star clones are called "bobos."

Deck shoes: also in leather (but, alas, not as sneaker-like)...

Leather deck shoes: Sebago "Docksides" in navyMany deck shoe models now are specially treated leather or high-tech synthetic fabrics (like polypropylene) as they hold up much better under nautical conditions. Many manufacturers (both name-brand and generic) make this type of shoe.

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Last Updated: 18 April 2012 11:32

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