My original reason for choosing the Billfish was comfort. They provided some arch support and had thicker soles which made for more comfortable walks. The classic white thin soles were little different than walking barefoot on concrete and, with the passing of youth, "my feets hurt" when wearing them. Neither type marked up the deck of my boat. The marks left by athletic shoes my friends wore took a lot of scrubbing to remove.
I'll be looking for an acceptable replacement in a few years. I'll ask the Scooter Store for help coordinating shoes to scooter at that time.
"Sperry is a non-starter the quality has diminished to the point that you'd be lucky to get a summers worth of wear out of them."
What a load...
Shoes aren't meant to be worn day in and day out. Splurge and buy thee pairs of AO's for the price a one pair of Quoddy's. Or don't. My experience with Sperry's going back to the early 80's is nothing's changed but the price and location of manufacture. I fully expect my newer ones to last a good ten years or more.