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The beginnings of Sperry Top Sider can be traced back to the rough South Seas, when a slippery deck and a struggle for sure footing almost ended in disaster for Paul Sperry. After that day a long and ambitious quest for a solution began. One day in 1935, after watching his dog navigate a patch of ice with ease he was inspired to carve 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. It has been an official shoe of the US Navy, and has been a favourite of sailors the world over. Today the iconic brand is as much at home on dry land as it is out on the high seas.