On an icy winter's day in 1935, Paul Sperry watched in amazement as his cocker spaniel Prince ran across the icy New England landscape without slipping. Sperry, a former naval officer, avid sailor and part-time inventor, had been trying to design a proper shoe to safely navigate the slippery deck of his sloop, Sirocco. Nature and Prince's paws provided the ultimate answer.
Tooling a pattern in a rubber outsole similar to the wave-like grooves on Prince's paws, Paul Sperry created a truly sea-worthy boat shoe. The first Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original was officially launched and the world's first boat shoe was born.
Over 75 Years later, Sperry remains the vanguard of the nautical lifestyle. From the world's first boat shoe to today's product collections featuring iconic design details, enduring style and the latest performance technologies, Sperry Top-Sider embodies a passion for the sea and the good life it represents.