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Paul Sperry invented an instant classic in 1935 when he created the original Sperry Top-Sider. It's an unmistakable icon that has become an internationally embraced symbol of a particular lifestyle, as well as an example of meticulous quality. That same timeless sense of style and dedication to craftsmanship has been applied to the new line of Sperry Top-Sider men's swimwear. It emphasizes life on the coast and has a clean, colorful look that translates from season to season and from year to year- above the tides of trend. Whether you prefer a boardshort, volley, or watershort you'll love the lobster prints, color-blocking, and fresh, spirited look of Sperry Top-Sider.

The shoe and the swimwear are very much a reflection of their creator. Paul Sperry was born at the close of the 19th century in 1895. His family hailed from Connecticut, and had a long history of sea-faring tradition that Paul fell right into. Sperry was both an avid sailor and inventor, and, after almost losing his life on a slippery deck, dedicated himself to creating a shoe with enough grip to help a sailor keep their footing. His breakthrough design came to him when he saw his dog dash across an icy surface with no trouble at all. Sperry mimicked the surface of his dog's paws by carving grooves into the rubber sole that he had developed for his shoe, and the rest is history.

 The Sperry Top-Sider would go on to become the official footwear of the U.S. Navy during World War 2, and would help shape the concept of classic American style in the 60's as the public took note of the simple, sophisticated coastal wardrobe of another son of Connecticut- John F. Kennedy. The Top-Sider has since been enshrined in the Official Preppy Handbook (on the cover, no less) and remains one of the best-selling men's shoes of all time. It's more than just a brand- it's a way of life.

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