The Boat Shoe

Boating shoes actually have a fairly short history. Traditional boat shoes were created by Paul Sperry in 1935. If you couldn’t tell by the name, Paul Sperry is directly tied to the “Sperry” brand.

These were and are leather or canvas shoes, designed for boating. Tread patterns on the sole of the shoe deterred slipping on boat decks.

Now we see these shoes as popular in fashion or everyday use. We should not forget what they were really made for, and where they came from. Boats and Paul Sperry!


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