Sperry or Sperry Top-Sider is an American brand of boat shoe designed in 1935 by Paul A. Sperry, older brother of writer and illustrator Armstrong Sperry, whose books often featured a sailing theme. Sperrys, or Top-Siders, were the first boat shoes introduced into the boating and footwear markets. Today the Sperry brand is owned by Wolverine World Wide and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
While sailing on the Long Island Sound, inventor and sailor Paul A. Sperry slipped on the deck of his boat and fell overboard. He was able to pull himself back on board, but the experience drove him to develop a non-slip shoe.While experimenting with possibilities for non-slip shoes, he noticed his dogs’ ability to run down the icy hill without slipping. The grooves on the paws of his cocker spaniel, Prince, inspired him to try cutting grooved patterns (siping) into a natural rubber sole.The pattern of grooves or cracks on his dog's paws gave him the idea for a canvas upper-shoe with a herringbone pattern of grooves on the sole.
SPERRY BOAT SHOES & ACCESSORIES
For over eighty years, Sperry has built a legacy of effortless, heritage products. Whether for men, women, kids, or babies, Sperry’s selection of hand-crafted footwear includes our iconic Sperry boat shoes, sandals, loafers, flats, slippers, espadrilles, boots, sneakers, and oxfords. Available in an inspired range of colors, styles, and materials, our timeless shoes transcend boundaries and span generations and genders with a shared commitment to quality, reliability and comfort. Ours are the original prep icons, as they have been since 1935. Get instant access to new arrivals, best sellers, top-rated items, sales, extended sizes, and online exclusives.
Embrace the unexpected, explore the unknown, and look the part while doing it with Sperry women's apparel, footwear, and accessories. Sperry's women's designs are made for active, adventurous styles, and for women who identify with the beauty and mystery of the sea. Whether you're browsing hot new arrivals or coveted best sellers, Sperry women's items encompass an underlying intrepid spirit. Choose from iconic women's Sperry boat shoes, as well as wet-weather-ready duck boots for days spent by the sea. Accessorize with bags, backpacks, watches, and more featuring Sperry's signature style. Complete your look with clothing that can take you from the shoreline to the city. Whatever you choose, you'll be ready for adventure with Sperry.
You have an adventurous spirit, an insatiable curiosity for exploration, and a deep appreciation for the sea; embrace classic, adventure-ready style with the Sperry men's collection. Sperry carries must-have men's apparel, footwear, and accessories to help you achieve head-to-toe, seaworthy style. Browse Sperry's new arrivals, most-loved best sellers, special collections, and more. Choose from men's footwear like iconic Authentic Original boat shoes and waterproof duck boots, or go-everywhere accessories like backpacks and navigator watches, plus laid-back clothing pieces like comfortable T-shirts and sweaters in timeless hues. Mix and match men's Sperry clothing, footwear, and accessories to create your own distinct look, thoroughly inspired by the power of the sea.
You can't spend your whole life adventuring if you don't start young. Outfit your junior crewmembers with authentic Sperry kids' shoes, crafted with all the style and detailing of our grown-up versions but made especially for the mini mariners in your life. From duck boots to sneakers to classic kids' top-siders, our array of children's shoes includes the perfect options for all occasions. Sperry's colorful kids' sneakers are ideal for playtime or casual fun, while dressed-up options like our oxford, flats and Authentic Original kids' boat shoe make for the perfect kids' shoes for school – equally great with school uniforms as with individual styles. And once school's out and surf's up, our Sperry children's flip flops, sandals and deck shoes are the perfect compliment to your kids' beach clothes ensemble. Whatever the destination, your youngsters will get there feeling great and looking better with Sperry's stylish and comfortable shoes for kids.