Paul Sperry was born into a Connecticut family with a long sea-faring tradition. He grew up listening to his great-grandfather, Captain Sereno Armstrong, tell of wild adventures in the South Sea islands. Sperry's college years at Dartmouth were interrupted by the outbreak of World War I, when he enlisted as a Seaman in the US Navy.
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 Kennedy family is photographed while on vacation, triggering a love affair with the active nautical life and classic American style. Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes and sneakers become established as an integral element of this iconic look.
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.
Dennis Conner leads the America's Cup Team that wins back the trophy for the United States in 1987. Sperry Top-Sider is the official shoe of the America's Cup.
Saucony was founded in 1898. With over a century of running in our blood, saucony has evolved from a local factory to a global brand in the suburbs of Boston, inspiring good runs worldwide.
Saucony gives runners more ways to challenge themselves every day, with boundary-pushing products that reinforce its commitment to design and innovation that will help you run faster, easier. Saucony has spent the last century on the cutting edge of innovative technology and distinctive style bringing goodness into every product and inviting millions around the world to run with Saucony.
More than Authentic… Original.
What were pure performance shoes of their era are now passion projects showcasing Saucony’s signature styles and silhouettes. Today, Originals represent moments in time, like the iconic Jazz, that reflect the memories Saucony attaches to the occasions where it was at its best. All while staying true to what makes Saucony… Original.
Saucony’s designs have always been “distinctly Saucony” and feel good from the moment you lace up.