Good news! I all but vowed to go on a murder spree in protest at the lack of certainty with which we're able to identify Steve McQueen plimsolls. Fair enough, I'm sure you'll agree, but I can now at least take a break from the killing. Patrick Segui, from the excellent Riveted blog, has provided information on The Thomas Crown Affair's canvas guest stars. The brand, apparently, is Sperry Top-Sider. It's been about for 75 years and US Navy standard issue for 71 of those, so a natural choice for the ex-Marine. It was also, as with Keds, owned by United States Rubber at one time, a company that goes back to 1892. (A business called Stride Rite now owns both Sperry Top-Sider and Keds. Stride Rite also markets footwear for horrid Tommy Hilfiger, but there you go.)
Sperry Top-Sider 75th Anniversary CVO in navy
Sperry Top-Sider has issued vintage pumps to coincide with its 75th anniversary. Patrick says those McQueen sports in The Thomas Crown Affair have missed out on the celebrations. Nevertheless, the navy Sperry Top-Sider 75th Anniversary CVO looks close.
Oi Polloi sells a "clay" colour for £65 and warns that it's "quite a narrow" fit, which is a worry but who knows? Clarks says its desert boots are narrow, and I'm fine with my normal size. Converse, conversely, are strips of torture to me. (I've only recently bought Keds, by the way, and I must say they hurt! Usual enough at first, I suppose. Let's hope they improve over time, unlike the Converse I've endured.)
Bad news! The Sperry Top-Sider website sells navy 75th Anniversary CVO for $75 (about £50) but only delivers to the US. Companies such as MyUS provide a solution. They give you a US address to use, and they forward your packages. It all means, of course, additional effort as well as cost for those of us in the UK, but I might well go through with it. I'll let you know what happens if so.