Gear We Love: Sperry Top-Siders

Ahhhh, the boat shoe. A classic. But did you ever wonder why they’re called boat shoes?

Sperry Top-Sider

Sperry Top-Sider, Lanyard style

Sperry boat shoes have been a ingenious product from inception in 1935. After spending many years as a Marine, Paul Sperry, was looking for a shoe that wouldn’t slip on a wet boat surface. After seeing the traction his dog could get on slippery ice, he fashioned grooves like a dog’s paw on the rubber sole of the first–you got it–boat shoe!

Since that time, Sperry’s can be counted on for incomparable quality and innovation. The great thing about the top-siders is they dry quickly and seem to fit better after wearing them wet a few times. Also, they go great from work to play (and vice versa). And nowadays, they’re making everything from sneakers to sunglasses!

We can’t comment on the sunglasses, but if they’re half as good as their top-sider cousin, we’re sold.

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