Sperry Top-Sider was founded by enthusiastic sailor and inventor Paul Sperry. Inspired by his dog's paws, Sperry produced the original brand of boat shoes in 1935 by carving grooves into the bottom of rubber soles. The brand is now internationally renowned for its footwear designs. Sperry Top-Sider sneakers feature trademark rawhide laces and a popular nautical flair. Vibrant hues and playful prints artfully update classic canvas and rubber sole designs that are both durable and washable.