Upon seeing Saturday’s post, contributor BC sent in this shot of him in ’85 wearing a Sperry shoe called the Kudu. The handsome fella — who could easily have been cast as an ’80s preppy jerk (might the B stand for Biff?) — is also wearing a short-sleeved OCBD. Which is almost as controversial as the Porsche. Actually, based on a previous boss of mine, a Porsche — possibly company-lent — seems to have been pretty standard for trad guys of his generation who worked in finance.
Wrote BC in his email:
Do you remember the Sperry model called the Kudu? They were my go-to shoe for many years during the late ’70s and ’80s. The uppers were made of high-quality oiled leather, which had a pleasant scent to it, and the glued-on soles were sort of a spongy material which gripped decks, whether fiberglass or teak. And they dried reasonably quickly when doused by spray, and didn’t develop a foul smell like the Sperrys of today tend to do after getting wet.
And sure enough the car had something to do with a finance boss. BC added:
I’d procured my boss’ 1984 911 Cabriolet for a run to the beach for the weekend, which is good for another story unto itself. With me is my sister looking very ’80s with her Townson State gym shorts and hairdo.
I was unable to find a shot of the shoes, and BC said he did not see anything similar currently on the Sperry website. If anyone can help find a photo (or can take one), I’ll add it. — CC