Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The History Behind Our Beloved Sperry Shoes

Hey Preps!

Today is Semi-Wordless Wednesday (although I may be using more than usual)! Let us travel back through the history of one of the preppiest inventions in history:
First designed by Paul Sperry in 1935, His successful design was inspired by the pattern of grooves or cracks on his dog's feet and combined a leather upper-shoe with a herringbone pattern of grooves on the sole. It the first boat shoes introduced to the boating market, and have never left since.  

Original Sperry that allowed the safety of many sailors while manning slippery surfaces while at sea.

In 1939, The United States Naval Academy negotiated the right to manufacture Sperrys and issue them to their sailors.  (Pat was issued a pair his plebe year at the academy) As a result of the Navy's manufacturing, Sperry Top-siders was purchased by the U.S. Rubber Co.
In the 1950's Sperry sneakers and boat shoes became very popular due to the restrictions of leather during World War II.  They skyrocketed in the 60's when America idolized the Kennedy family's All American style featuring their sneakers.  

Now worn by preps across the country, in a vast variety of styles, colors, and conveniences.  (I have the boots above) Shown in a previous post....and below. Sperry is now known as an All American family company, with it's comfortable soles and good quality.  Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew, and other preppy brands have also adopted Sperrys into their clothing lines.  

It now is the sponsor of many sailing excursions, races, and competitions.  

This is the 75th anniversary shoe released last spring (2010)
Love this ad! 

 Bringing it home, the first picture, Pat and I in Annapolis (the exact location of the Sperry craze beginnings), where I am wearing pink and brown, plaid, duck boots from Sperry Top-sider.  The next picture, Pat and I are in Shady Side, where Pat is wearing his issued Sperrys from The Naval Academy.

Sperry Top-Sider Ad Campaign for Spring 2011

Two Sperrys in my collection.

What are your favorites?


zippitydodaaa said...

Wow... I had no idea there was such an interesting background to Sperry boat shoes! My favorite is the new metallic pair.

Anonymous said...

Love this post Miss Prepster, I didn't know all of the history, I only know I can wear them *to death* and they last forever. You look darling in yours, I love those pictures.

Thanks for the info, I like learning the history of favorite brands. :)

Raulston said...

Excellent post! I have a pair that are rather well-worn and beginning to seem rather unbecoming. But well worn is much more preferable to new and stiff, or a least that is my contention. I just stumbled across you digital scribing and you have a fabulous setup.

Fashion Meets Food said...

Loving this post! I definitely love Sperry's!


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