New to our brand portfolio this season is Sperry Top-Sider, a stylish footwear company providing seafaring footwear for all passionate nautical lovers and is the original brand and inventors of the boat shoe.
The story starts back in 1895, Paul Sperry was an avid sailor and inventor, who knew all too well the dangers of a slippery deck, when we almost lost his life. He spent years and dozens if experiments trying to perfect a non-slip boat shoe. His inspiration eventually can from watching a dog dart effortlessly across the ice. He carved grooves – like those of a rubber sole and from that moment, the world’s first boat shoe was born.
His college years at Dartmouth were interrupted by the outbreak of World War I, when he enlisted as a Seaman in the US Navy. During World War II, the US War Department named Sperry Top-Sider as one of the official shoes of the US Navy and every single member of the Cruising Club of America wrote to Mr. Sperry requesting a pair of these remarkable new boat shoes. Nothing else kept sailors safe on deck.
The classic American style and innovation has passed through generations of all who triggered a love affair with the active nautical life. Remaining true to their heritage, today’s contemporary styles exist for those drawn to the sun, surf and soul of the ocean.
Check out the current collection of seafaring footwear on our website now: