Time Runs Out For “Timeless” Sperry Store

Alert “06880” reader/downtown shopper Philip Delgado writes:

Although I don’t own a boat, I have always owned several pairs of timeless and casual Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes.

It’s no problem to shop online for them, but the Main Street store is a favorite destination for many Westport residents. Sometimes it helps to walk into a Sperry store to check out the size and colors of the all-weather favorites.

The recent announcement of the closing next month of the Westport store is just another example of a shift away from storefronts.

In desperation I bought 2 pairs of shoes yesterday — at 50 percent off — to help Santa. The manager helpfully offered to call the New York store for another shoe size availability — and they still honored the discount.

You won’t get that kind of top-notch service on the internet.

The Sperry store on Main Street.

The Sperry store on Main Street.

7 responses to “Time Runs Out For “Timeless” Sperry Store

  1. Dan, I beg to differ on the online service. Went to Zappos.com to buy a specific type of sneaker and when they went to process my payment…they were having a technical glitch and offered me my purchase for free! It was a great move because they won me over as a loyal customer. With the outrageous rents that retail landlords are charging, in general, it will have an impact and has caused businesses to reevaluate the way they service clients.

  2. Kevin O'Halloran

    Thank God we have all that additional retail space arriving in the Spring

  3. Not sure this represents a shift away from storefronts, so much as the failure of an “iffy” retail proposition to begin with: a relatively large shop, in a very pricey women’s apparel district, devoted to a niche brand known for middle price shoes mostly appealing to men. And without a whole lot of advertising or promotion, so far as I could see. I’d guess the parent company, as a roll-up of legacy shoe brands (Wolverine, Hush Puppies, Merrell etc), doesn’t have the retailing smarts to survive in this cut-throat sector.

  4. Beth Orlan Berkowitz

    Unfortunately, I think this is the trend due to high priced retail rents from landlords that have owned retail property in our area for a long time. They caused most of the mom and pop stores to have to close as they couldn’t afford the continuously increasing rents as they cannot inflate their prices on goods any more than they already are because people can buy it for less elsewhere (Internet and in areas that the rents are not as high) for the same exact product. It’s just not the same convenience or ambiance possibly.

  5. I tend to agree with Beth and Peter, but like you, Dan, it’s good to note color style and fit firsthand. I like the browsing part,too. 😏