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Sperry Top-Sider® – Performance Technology Meets Classic American Style
In 1935, Paul Sperry invented the world’s first boat shoe—one that would become an American classic.
Ever since then, it has been essential to generations of families that live an active, nautical life.
Own the authentic original.
In 1935, avid sailor and inventor Paul Sperry—a former Dartmouth student and U.S. Navy seaman—made an astounding discovery. After dozens of experiments trying to perfect a non-slip boat shoe, Sperry was inspired to carve grooves, like those on his dog’s paws, into the bottom of a rubber sole. In that moment, the world’s first boat shoe was born.
Word quickly got out about Sperry’s remarkable new shoes and their ability to keep sailors safe on deck. During World War II, the Sperry Top-Sider became one of the official shoes of the U.S. Navy. It is still the official shoe of the America’s Cup race.
Designed for life in, around, and on the water, Sperry Top-Sider’s extensive line of shoes offers everything from the original boat shoe in dozens of colors and fabrications, to technical water shoes for kayaking, chic espadrilles, and casual flip-flops. Orvis is proud to offer our customers a wide range of Sperry Top-Sider styles for men and women.