Sperry Top-Sider, a shoe brand, was founded in 1935 by Paul Sperry. The company created the first boat shoes used in the boating industry. Sperry created the shoe, which uses a wavy pattern on the sole, after noticing his dog's ability to maintain traction on ice. Sperry Top-Side... Read Morer shoes also featured a white sole, which prevented skid marks on the boat deck. In 1939, the U.S. Navy negotiated the right to the shoe and the company was purchased soon after by the U.S. Rubber Co. Sperry Top-Sider was named Brand of the Year by Footwear News in 2009. Wolverine World Wide, a footwear manufacturer, acquired Sperry Top-Sider in 2012. Popular Sperry Top-Sider shoes include boat shoes, oxfords, loafers, and flats. The Sperry Angelfish collection, a women's boat shoe line, comes in a variety of colors and styles. The Sperry Billfish line offers several boat shoe options for men and features anti-shock technology and rustproof eyelets for optimal use on the water. Sperry also manufactures a line of sandals, including thongs, flip-flops, wedges, and leather wrap sandals. In addition to footwear, Sperry Top-Sider offers a line of apparel. Women's swimwear and cover-ups, shorts, polos, outerwear, and socks are popular items. Accessories such as bags, belts, sunglasses, and phone cases also are available.