A good amount of inventions comes from innovative people trying to find a solution to their problem. Sperry founder, Paul Sperry, had a major issue. He almost lost his life at sea to do a slippery deck. To prevent this from ever happening again, Paul started an ambitious venture to find a solution. After seeing a dog effortlessly run across ice, Paul had the idea of creating a shoe with grooves that copied those of a dog's paw. He probably didn't know at the time that he was creating a style of shoe that would be duplicated by so many brands. Sperry is home to the original boat shoes, but the brand offers so many other styles if boat shoes aren't your thing. You can choose from other types of Sperry shoes including boots and sneakers for men and women. Sperry shoes definitely hold their own in footwear. You can choose from any of the styles, but know that when you buy a pair of boat shoes, you're putting a part of history on your feet.