With over 80 years of rich heritage under its belt, original American brand Sperry has perfected the iconic boat shoes. After founder Paul Sperry almost lost his life to a slippery deck, the lifelong sailor worked on developing a shoe that will ensure safety as he sailed the rough seas. In 1935, the first Sperry boat shoes—the Canvas Circular Vamp Oxford (CVO) sneaker—featuring a non-slip sole was first launched, winning not only the hearts of people who love the marine lifestyle but also the US Navy. As the years passed, Sperry stretched beyond creating sea-faring footwear to redefining today’s casual shoe designs. Learn more about this well-loved brand in this Sneaker Freaker feature.