Boat Shoe Inventors Sperry Top-Sider Visit Wingtip 4/30

An official shoe of the navy during WWII and a staple of Ivy League aspirants and life-stylers, the Sperry Top-Sider is an icon of American heritage footwear. Like most great inventions, this style was born of necessity.

As per Sperry’s website: “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.”

The original boat shoe was created in 1935. And although Wingtip will always carry their staple boat shoes, we have also been excited with their seasonal, limited edition styles, like the Wingtips above.

Wingtip welcomes Sperry Top-Sider on April 30. We are planning on naval cocktails and a gift-with-purchase for the occasion. See more events at

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David is Wingtip's storyteller. In addition to editing the Modern Gentleman's Blog, he has written for Wax Poetics, The Source, SF Weekly, and the East Bay Express, and others. His inspirations include Rumble Fish, Paul's Boutique, and Balzac. He studied English at the City University of New York at Hunter College and journalism at the University of Southern California. He lives in Berzerkeley with his wife and daughter.

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