Paul Sperry, founder of Sperry, was an inventor, a sailor, and an intrepid explorer with a passion for adventure. In 1935 he was faced with a real-life problem: how to maintain traction on a slippery boat deck. No solution existed at that time.
After numerous attempts to invent a nonslip boat shoe, Paul found his inspiration from his best friend—his dog, Prince. Noticing how he didn’t slip on ice, he 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 razor cut Wave-Siping™ outsole and the world’s first performance boat shoe. In that moment of inspiration, he not only created an icon, he launched a brand: the perfect union of an inventive idea, a man, his passion, and the allure of the sea.
Sperry's boat shoes became internationally known for their comfort and long-lasting wear. Styles like the men’s Authentic Original and Billfish, and the women’s Angelfish boat shoe are all water resistant and durable with a tru-moc construction, a comfortable 360° lacing system and, of course, the razor cut Wave-Siping™ non- slip technology. Whether you are sailing, working on the dock, or just enjoying a beach vacation, these boat shoes are sure to look and feel good.
Sperry’s standout Gold Cup Collection features premium Italian leather, 18k gold-plated eyelets, and soft lambskin lining. This luxurious combination makes these boat shoes ideal for everything from relaxed walks around town to a refined evening out with family and friends.
With a loyal consumer base, Sperry has moved beyond boat shoes, creating nautically inspired footwear like waterproof rain boots and leather booties that are ideal for both the city and sailing. Sperry’s duck-inspired rubber shell boots , sandals, espadrilles, sneakers, oxfords, and slippers all share not only the timeless style and comfort that Sperry is known for, but also the same non-slip technology that will always keep you safe on slippery surfaces.
What are shoes without socks? Sperry has answered that question by creating incredibly comfortable socks featuring fabric blends and eye-catching patterns that are sure to match your nautical tastes. Sperry makes sure they have a sock to suit your needs with styles ranging from boot socks to crew lengths to the no-see-um skimmers that fit perfectly with your boat shoes.
Sperry started as the original boat shoe manufacturer and has grown into one of the greatest, most authentic lifestyle brands; a rare brand that spans fashion and function without compromise.
The color and style of these are really nice. It is rare to find a completely solid black option in a boat style shoe. They ran a bit tight on the first try, had to return and get a half size larger. They were somewhat comfortable throughout the day, but by the end of the day and the walk home, my feet were definitely sore. Hoping they break in a bit with wear.
Love, love, love these shoes. They make my feet look nice and slim (hate wide toe boxes). Also very comfortable with barely any break in required as they only hurt for the first 20 minutes or so of wearing them around the house. Definitely true to size. Cute alternative to a sneaker.
These shoes are super comfy and stylish! I've received many compliments on them. They're also very easy to dress up or down. Highly recommend!
I wanted a shoe that I could slip on - these fit the bill! Comfy and relaxed!
Well done, Sperry -- these are really cute shoes. The heel is sliding a bit and the toe box is snug, but I expect these will break in to be comfortable shoes -- and that I will go through some Band-Aids in the process. The cut of these is much more attractive than my old topsiders, and the barrel lacing is quite attractive.
I purchased these shoes in the Seacoast Mermaid. The print is really fun and pairs well with denim. I think the leather shoelace nubs looks a little weird in person. I will probably replace them. The shoes are well constructed and have lots of arch support. I can wear them sickness without getting blister. I also love the ease of the slip on design! I usually wear a size six and these fit perfectly. They are slightly narrow, but I have narrow feet so I'm okay with that.
This is a really cute shoe. I was hoping I could wear it with both casual skirts and pants. Very comfortable, but I have a narrow heel and it kept coming out of the shoe.
I love these Sperry's! The linen material is great and has some give to it. I like this washed linen material better than the regular canvas. I plan to get a second pair in another color!
Very nice shoe..fits true to size ...comfortable
I ordered the Sperry Top-Sider Seaside Perfs, the Keds: Double Decker Perforated Canvas shoe, and the Dr. Scholls Scout Original for comparison. I was hoping one of the less expensive options would be the most comfortable, but it didn't work out that way. The Sperry Top-Sider was the least comfortable of all three options. The width was fine and the style was exactly what I was looking for, but the footbed was not as soft as the Keds or the Dr. Scholls. In the end, I returned the Keds and the Sperrys and went with the Dr. Scholls.