Everything you could ask for in a boat shoe: Creating a variation on a classic style, Sperry delivers with a high-quality yet light canvas outer and knotted, fixed genuine rawhide laces. For walking along the shore, its vulcanized construction gives you a solid, one-piece design, in which a non-marking rubber outsole offers a bit of grip wherever you go.
Sperry or Sperry Top-Sider is an American brand of boat shoe designed in 1935 by Paul A. Sperry. 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.
The Sperry \"Top-Sider\" boat shoe that was introduced in 1935 featured a canvas upper, herringbone siping, and a white outsole to prevent the shoe from leaving dark scuff marks on a boat's deck. The Commonwealth Shoe and Leather Co. later partnered with Sperry on a design using specially tanned water-resistant leather, which became the familiar Sperry \"boat shoe\". Sperry's shoes remained a niche product for boaters until 1939 when the US Navy negotiated the right to manufacture the shoe for its sailors at the United States Naval Academy. As a result of this increased production, Sperry sold the brand to the US Rubber Co. in 1940. In 1979 the Stride Rite Corporation purchased both Sperry and Keds from US Rubber. In 2007 Payless ShoeSource acquired Sperry Top-Sider as part of a multi-brand acquisition. The company was purchased, along with the other brands from the Collective Brands Performance and Lifestyle Group portfolio, in 2012 by Wolverine World Wide and Blum Capital Partners for US$1.23 billion.
In 1987, Sperry Top-Sider served as the official sponsor of the America's Cup World Series. Sperry shoes were worn by champion sailor Dennis Conner during the race. Sperry served as the footwear sponsor for the America's Cup sailing tournament for several years, but later began to sponsor other sailing events.
First, boat shoes are made to fit and snug. Since these shoes were originally designed for sailors working on slippery decks, shoes that would easily come off can be dangerous. Until today, Sperry boat shoes are meant to have a snugger fit.
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