An avid sailor and inventor, who almost lost his life to a slippery deck, Paul Sperry spent years and dozens of experiments trying to perfect a non-slip boat shoe.
One day, after watching his dog dart effortlessly across the ice, he carved grooves – like those on his dog’s paws – into the bottom of a rubber sole. In that moment of inspiration, the world’s first boat shoe was born.
Every single member of the Cruising Club of America wrote to Mr. Sperry to request a pair of these remarkable new boat shoes. Nothing else kept sailors safe on deck.
During World War II, the US War Department named Sperry Top-Sider as one of the official shoes of the US Navy.
The Official Preppy Handbook endorses the Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original as the footwear symbol of classic Prep style, marking a legacy of good taste. .
By 2007, Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original is the best-selling men’s shoe in US Department Stores.
Like Sperry Top-Sider Footwear, Sperry Top-Sider Hosiery is proud to follow in the footsteps of a footwear legend. Both functional and stylish Sperry Top-Sider Hosiery is available for Men, Women and Children. Hosiery silhouettes range from liners which don’t show above the shoe line for a sockless TOPSIDING look, to other traditional sock silhouettes like low shows, crews, knee highs and tights.
We feature seasonal colors and neutrals, innovative designs and patterns all with anti-microbial benefits. Our trend right seasonal fashion Hosiery features traditional nautical inspiration and often includes vintage patterns that speak to the authentic heritage of the brand. Key icons are anchors, Breton Stripes, ship’s wheels, nautical flags and fun sea creatures for kids. Superior yarns in soft textures add dimension to the collection. Sperry Top-Sider Hosiery is always paired with softness and comfort and the perfect complement to all Sperry Top-Sider footwear.
Sperry Top-Sider Hosiery is on its path to become another American Original.