5 May 2011

Messing about on the water- then wear the stylish boat shoe.

The boat shoe was invented by Paul Sperry  in 1935 when he watched his dog Prince run easily over ice and snow without slipping. He noticed the tiny cracks and cuts going in all direction on Prince’s paws  and so by using a pen knife, starting to cut siping in to the sole of a rubber sneaker.  This siping pattern provided grip on a wet deck and were worn by sailors. However now they are a popular  leisure shoe.
Sperry Topsiders from www.rubbersole.co.uk

Authentic deck shoes will have specially treated leather to withstand repeated wettings, anodized aluminium eyelets to prevent rusting and non skid soles. Above image is that of the Sperry Topsider in classic navy and white combo.

Sebago Docksides from www.rubbersole.co.uk
Sebago make  their own branded boat shoe called the Docksides, with leather uppers ranging from the classic navy to the less conservative colours of pink or dazzling blue. All still have the white non slip sole . 

Both Sperry Topsiders (£79.99) and Sebago Docksides (£94.99) can be  purchased through www.rubbersole.co.uk
Rubber Sole also offers free next day delivery to all UK mainland destinations  if you book before 4pm

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