The History of Sperry

Sperry shoes and clothes for women, men and kids.
Founder Paul Sperry was an avid sailor with a passion for adventure. His independent spirit was enamored with the power, freedom and unlimited possibilities of the sea. He was faced with a real-life problem that stood in the way of his passion: how to maintain traction on a slippery boat deck. No solution existed in 1935.
 
Paul found his inspiration from his best friend—his dog Prince. Noticing how Prince didn't slip on ice, Paul 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 sole and the world's first performance boat shoe. In that moment of inspiration, Paul not only created an icon, he launched a brand.
 
Sperry has evolved from the original boat shoe into one of the great, authentic lifestyle brands that spans fashion and function without compromise.
The history of Sperry.