When you set sail in a pair of Sperry Top-Sider shoes you are truly hitting the water in style. Sperry Top-Sider has been one of the biggest names in footwear for water enthusiasts since 1935. These nautical inspired shoes for men, women and children are made to last with quality materials and fine craftsmanship.
Sperry Top-Sider shoes have been worn by Navy SEALs, the US Sailing Team and the US Naval Academy just to name a few. Most of the footwear they design is made to decrease water absorption and to dry fast. If you love the water, you will love Sperry Top-Sider.
Since 1935, Sperry Top-Sider has been the leading brand of footwear for those who love the water. From its introduction of the world's first siped rubber outsole for non-marking traction, to advanced technical fabrication to combat the elements, Sperry Top-Sider remains the vanguard of high-performance amphibious footwear. The brand has also made its mark in the casual marketplace with its best-selling nautically-inspired collections for men, women, and children. Available at fine retailers around the globe Sperry Top-Sider is the official footwear of the U.S. Sailing Team, the official casual footwear of the U.S. Naval Academy, and is also worn by members of the Navy SEALs. Based in historic Lexington, Massachusetts, Sperry Top-Sider is a division of the Stride Rite Corporation (NYSE:SRR).
If you share our passion for water and adventurous spirit, Sperry-Topsider is the only footwear brand for you. Whether you sail, fish, power, windsurf or kayak, Sperry Top-Sider has the perfect shoe. >From the performance and excitement of the Figawi Collection, to the luxury of the Gold Cup Collection to the pleasure and comfort of the Splash sandal, Sperry Top-Sider is committed to make the world’s finest footwear and apparel for people who love the water.
Is the Gold Cup Collection Made With Real Gold?
Yes, the Gold Cup eyelets are made of 18 carat gold, one of the most corrosive-resistant metals on earth. Available in supple leather or crocodile, the Gold Cup Collection features many touches you will find in no other boat shoe, including a fully lined genuine deerskin insole, for plush, ultra soft comfort around the foot, and a Vibram outsole for grip and traction. Unquestionably, the Gold Cup Collection is Sperry Top-Sider’s most well-appointed shoe ever.
What Does Top-Sider Mean?
Top-Sider literally means the portion of the hull of a boat from the waterline to the deck.
How Does Sperry Top-Sider Make Its Leather So Soft?
All of the leathers used for our hand sewn products are pre-soaked in hot water in order to mellow the leather prior to sewing. It all adds up to a more comfortable, accommodating shoe.
Is It True That the Inspiration for Sperry Top-Siders Came from a Cocker Spaniel?
Yes. On a cold, winter morning in 1935, with the snow covered in an icy crust, Paul Sperry, an avid sailor, let his cocker spaniel, Prince, out for his daily exercise. Watching closely, Paul noticed that the dog was remarkably stable, even at a full run.
Close examination of the paws resulted in the discovery of hundreds of tiny cracks or cuts going in all directions. An idea was born. Paul raced back to his laboratory to begin working on a shoe sole that emulated the ridges in the dog’s paw. In no time, the legendary, Sperry Top-Sider trademark herringbone- cut sole was born. Through the pattern of slits, or "siping" as it is called today, Paul designed a shoe that provided the gripping power that he had been searching for…perfect for grip and traction on wet surfaces of all kinds.