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Paul Sperry, founder of Sperry, was an avid sailor with a passion for adventure. He was an inventor, a sailor, and an intrepid explorer. An independent spirit enamored with the power, freedom, and unlimited possibilities of the sea.
He was faced with a real-life problem that stood in the way of his passion: how to maintain traction on a slippery boat deck. No solution existed in 1935.
After numerous attempts to invent a nonslip boat shoe, Paul found his inspiration from his best friend—his dog, Prince. Noticing how he didn’t slip on ice, he turned Prince’s paw over to find hundreds of small cracks and lines going in all directions. These became the inspiration behind his inventive nonslip sole and the world’s first performance boat shoe. It was a simple invention born of necessity.
In that moment of inspiration, he not only created an icon, he launched a brand: the perfect union of an inventive idea, a man, his passion, and the allure of the sea.
Sperry's boat shoes are known for their comfort and long-lasting wear. With a loyal consumer base, Sperry has moved beyond boat shoes, creating nautically inspired footwear for men, women, and kids, including boots, flats, sandals, espadrilles, loafers, sneakers, oxfords, slippers, and socks.
The standout Gold Cup Collection features premium Italian leather, 18k gold-plated eyelets, and soft lambskin lining. This luxurious combination makes these boat shoes ideal for everything from relaxed walks around town to a refined evening out with family and friends.
Sperry has also evolved into clothing and now creates seasonal favorites like swimsuits, bikinis, boardshorts, and swim cover-ups to meet every water lovers’ needs!
Sperry started as the original boat shoe manufacturer and has grown into one of the greatest, most authentic lifestyle brands; a rare brand that spans fashion and function without compromise.