Sperry Top-Sider owes its legacy to a furry, four-legged friend.
One chilly morning in 1935, founder Paul Sperry noticed that his cocker spaniel, Prince, was able to run effortlessly across an icy surface. After examining the dog's paws, he was inspired to create the first boat shoe for sailors, with siped soles to render them slip-resistant on a variety of wet surfaces—which is how the signature Sperry herringbone-pattern traction sole was born.
From the original Sperry Top-Sider boat shoe to high-heeled, waterproof boots for women, the company continues its time-honored tradition of innovation, providing comfort footwear for men, women, boys and girls alike. Whatever your favorite water activity may be—sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, or just spending time at the shore—Sperry Top-Sider has the shoe for you. Newer favorites include the Gold Cup and Figawi collections, and ASV (Anti-Shock and Vibration) styles to keep you comfortable on deck. For their hand-sewn products, the leather is soaked in hot water before the shoe is assembled, resulting in a soft, pliable, instantly comfortable fit.
Sperry women's Top-Sider shoes now include not only the classic Sperry Top-Sider 2-eye boat shoe, but flip-flops, mules, wedge-heel rain boots, high-heeled pumps, athletic shoes, submersible water boots, and more. Chic knee-high Sperry Top-Sider boot styles have siped rubber traction soles, making them suitable for boardwalk and catwalk alike.
Men's Sperry Top-Sider original boat shoes—the Sperry Top-Sider 2-eye—may be the tried-and-true favorite, but the collection has expanded to include chukka boots, flip-flops, fisherman's sandals, sneakers, penny loafers, driving moccasins and performance waterproof boots, a range that lets you go from dockside to boardroom with ease.
Sporting timeless Top-Sider Sperry style, boys and girls can dress their feet just like the grown-ups, with everything from easy-closure hook-and-loop shoes to adorable mary janes.
Sperry Top-Sider is proud to be the official footwear of the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Sailing Team. Built on time-honored traditions, Sperry Top-Sider continues to deliver the comfort and stability of shoes inspired by innovation and performance.