Paul Sperry, founder of Sperry, was an inventor, a sailor, and an intrepid explorer with a passion for adventure. In 1935 he was faced with a real-life problem: how to maintain traction on a slippery boat deck. No solution existed at that time.
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 razor cut Wave-Siping™ outsole and the world’s first performance boat shoe. 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 became internationally known for their comfort and long-lasting wear. Styles like the men’s Authentic Original and Billfish, and the women’s Angelfish boat shoe are all water resistant and durable with a tru-moc construction, a comfortable 360° lacing system and, of course, the razor cut Wave-Siping™ non- slip technology. Whether you are sailing, working on the dock, or just enjoying a beach vacation, these boat shoes are sure to look and feel good.
Sperry’s 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.
With a loyal consumer base, Sperry has moved beyond boat shoes, creating nautically inspired footwear like waterproof rain boots and leather booties that are ideal for both the city and sailing. Sperry’s duck-inspired rubber shell boots , sandals, espadrilles, sneakers, oxfords, and slippers all share not only the timeless style and comfort that Sperry is known for, but also the same non-slip technology that will always keep you safe on slippery surfaces.
What are shoes without socks? Sperry has answered that question by creating incredibly comfortable socks featuring fabric blends and eye-catching patterns that are sure to match your nautical tastes. Sperry makes sure they have a sock to suit your needs with styles ranging from boot socks to crew lengths to the no-see-um skimmers that fit perfectly with your boat shoes.
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.
Nice quality boots. Disappointed that I had to return because they are way too tight. Trying the next size up
Comfy, cute, love how the laces are tied.
Bought the Dark Side slip-ons. First pair was a woman's 9; second pair was a woman's 10. The second pair was a little better, but not by much -- the instep was still too tight, and then the toe was too long. Very dissatisfied with Sperry. Zappos awesome as usual.
I wanted to like these. The color is cool and the boot is very comfortable. I found them relatively easy to get on and off which is always a problem for me because I have a very high instep. The tie in the back is not great for adjusting the width, and just trying them on I think I re-tied the bow three times.
I wanted to love this shoe so much, but it was IMPOSSIBLE to get on! At first I thought it was my size, so I ordered the next size up and even then I couldn't get it on my foot! I think the zipper should maybe be on both sides of the shoe, opening it up more to get your heel in. I'm so sad to be sending them back.