|my Sperry's holding down a cleat|
The Sperry Top-Sider boat shoe has become the quintessential shoe for the boating class.
This shoe has achieved iconic status – first among sailors, next among the ‘preppy class’ of Americans and now for all folks who appreciate durable shoes, boats and the maritime existence.
I know very little about fashion and less about foot-ware, but mine have certainly worked out for me. My girlfriend gave me these about 4 years ago, and I have rode them hard and put them away salty and sopping wet - and not a stitch has popped and the sole still looks good.
The shoe first came about in 1935, when Paul Sperry, a sailor and inventor, almost fell overboard on a slippery deck. This near mishap inspired Sperry to invest years perfecting Sea-worthy, non-skid boat shoes. Inspiration came to Sperry while watching his dog effortlessly maneuver across a frozen pond. In an attempt to emulate the grooves on dogs’ leathery paws, Sperry dug similar grooves into the rubber soles of his experimental top-siders. Thus began the world’s first boat shoe …
Fortunately, there is now a Sperry store on Amazon that allows you to pick up a pair of these classic boat shoes at the best possible price. Go nuts. Get one for the wife!