Blucher's are a prep essential. Period. My Mom remembers wearing these in college, and I followed in her footsteps (at the same college). They're a great alternative to Topsiders, less well known, and they break in better. In recent years Sperry has upped prices and expanded their brand, marketing to a wider and younger audience. I bought my first pair of Topsiders in high school and paid $60 for them new. Today Sperry sells them for $80. For the same price my Bluchers come with a lifetime guarantee and better quality leather. Buy 'em once, and L. L. Bean will make sure they're yours for years.