So when I scored a pair of Sperry Top-Sider's Reliance sailing shoes, I had the best of intentions. But it wasn't long before I was wearing them to airport security, kicking around parking lots, and cutting down gravel paths. After a year's use, these shoes have been through all sorts of funk. And you know what? They're still just as grippy on deck as the first time I wore them. Somehow, the Reliances' Hydro-Grip rubber traction compound seems to have resisted the blacktop oils and everything else I've subjected it to; the soles remain soft and supple. And the signature Wave-Siping seems to be fine enough not to pick up the little rocks and debris that can mar the deck with scratches.