Paul Sperry was born into a Connecticut family with a long sea-faring. When World War 1 erupted Sperry left college and enlisted as a seaman in the US Navy. An avid sailor and inventor, Sperry spent years trying to perfect a non slip boat shoe after nearly loosing his life on a slippery deck. Inspired by watching his dog dart effortlessly across the ice, he carved grooves like those on a dog's paws, into the bottom of a rubber sole. In that moment the world's first boat shoe was born. Named as the official shoe of the US Navy during WW2, everyone from sailors to the Kennedy's wore Sperrys. It became the uniform for the preppy American who led an active nautical lifestyle.