Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sperry Top Siders

The true Authentic Original Boat Shoe with a bit of flair. I’m not sure when this style came back but it has run ramped on the east coast and in the dirty south. I have never really ever sported a pair of these shoes so I cannot comment on the comfort of these classics but by the amount I see everywhere they gots to be comfortable. My cousins wear them and they are all pretty hip or at least they believe they are hip.

What I love about the shoes are the elements that make them. The classic hardware, the rich leathers, and the best are the sipped out soles. Non skid slip proof outsoles that are typically white. Hampton’s What Up?!?

A Brief piece of history provided by

In 1935 Paul Sperry invented the world's first and most enduring boat shoe. Where all other footwear brands have laid claim to every inch of terra firma, from the highest snowcapped peaks to the lowest desert valley, from baseball diamonds to basketball courts, Sperry Top-Sider has flourished by helping all who love the water master the world's final frontier... the oceans, lakes and streams of Planet Earth.

Surprisingly, the Sperry Top-Sider story begins with a cocker spaniel named Prince. On a raw winter day in New England when avid sailor and hobbyist inventor Paul Sperry let out his dog for its daily exercise he noticed that Prince was remarkably stable, even at a full run on the snow covered, icy crust.

An idea was born.

Paul raced back to his laboratory to begin working. Soon, with pieces of rubber, a razor blade and an ordinary sneaker, Paul had pieced together the prototype of the world's first boat shoe. Subsequent designs yielded the original Sperry Top-Sider now known as the Authentic Original.

Today, that heritage and performance are hard at work for those who can't live without the water. Sure, our shoes are still standard issue for most sailors. In fact, the Authentic Original is part of the US Naval Academy casual uniform.

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