Sperry Top-Sider

The Sperry Top-Sider story begins in 1935 with a cocker spaniel named Prince. On a raw winter day in New England when avid sailor and hobbyist inventor Paul Sperry let out his dog for its daily exercise he noticed that Prince was remarkably stable, even at a full run on the snow covered, icy crust... an idea was born. Paul raced back to his laboratory to begin working. Soon, with pieces of rubber, a razor blade and an ordinary trainer, Paul had pieced together the prototype of the world's first boat shoe. The Sperry Top-sider is the blueprint for the American boat shoe, and the cornerstone of Classic Nautical Style.

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