In 1935, Paul Sperry was inspired by his dog after watching him race effortlessly across the ice. Seeing that, he carved grooves in a gum rubber sole, creating non-slip boating shoes. Sperry became famous to sailors and military as the Sperry Top-Sider was named the official shoes of the Navy. With new styles launching, Sperry became a shoe that was not just worn at sea, but as leisure and industrial wear.
With such a timeless look, Sperry boat shoes have become a sensation around the world. The Top Sider, or know today as the Authentic Original Boat Shoe, is their most popular style dating all the way back to 1937. You may see Sperry boat shoes styled as a preppy shoe or a casual day at the beach shoe. No matter how you style them, these recognizable shoes are loved and owned by many!