Saturday, December 20, 2008

Trend Alert//Sperry Topsiders

Designed by Paul Sperry in 1935, the original boat shoe was created to reduce the risk of injury on slippery boat decks. The shoe's sole was inspired by the cracks and grooves in his dog's paws;to create this sole,Sperry used a technique created by John Sipe in the 1920s called siping. The U.S. Navy negotiated the right to manufacture the shoe for their sailors in 1939. The brand is currently owned by the Stride Rite Corporation and is distributed across the Nation.

I happen to own quite a few pairs, as I too love to sail. I've recently noticed the classic shoe in more casual settings paired with Skinny Jeans. Elle Fashion's First Look for January 2009 featured the Sperry in Patent Leather which is available at Jeffrey,NYC, for $125.00.