For brave men of the sea, it is essential that their gear be ready for the waves and their soles gripping. 75 years ago, sailor Paul Sperry saw his cocker spaniel, Prince, race across a frozen lake while maintaining impressive traction, without so much as even slipping. Curious, Sperry flipped Prince’s paw over and saw that there are hundreds of mini grooves and cuts going in multiple directions. Sperry was inspired by Prince’s paw and decided to adopt nature’s work in evolution into promising shoes for fellow seamen; not too long after, these wave-like grooves on Prince’s feet debuted on the Authentic Original Sperry Top-Sider in 1935, and is patented as Razor-Sipling.
75 years and countless new styles and models later, Sperry Top-Sider continues to provide all with non-slip shoes that maximize traction regardless you are sailing in the breeze, storm or simple trekking through the concrete jungle. As the label celebrates its landmark birthday, it looks back into its archives and brings back a limited edition 75th Anniversary Archival Collection, including the first shoe Sperry ever made, the simple CVO lace-up sneaker which is redolent of the plimsoll.Of course, the label’s beloved boat shoes Authentic Original leather boat shoes and Seamate are also brought back into the game, all featuring Razor-Sipling grooves that are handy in slippery conditions and comes in a variety of classic boat shoe shades of navy, green, whites and reds.
All shoes from the limited edition 75th Anniversary Archival Collection come housed in special shoe boxes that are replicas of the original Sperry Top-Sider packaging the label’s first shoes were sold in. Check out the collection photos and cop your pair from Sperry Top-Sider or J. Crew.