Paul Sperry, founder of Sperry, was an avid sailor with a passion for adventure. He was an inventor, a sailor, and an intrepid explorer. An independent spirit enamored with the power, freedom, and unlimited possibilities of the sea. He was faced with a real-life problem that stood in the way of his passion: how to maintain traction on a slippery boat deck. No solution existed in 1935. After numerous attempts to invent a nonslip boat shoe, Paul found his inspiration from his best friend—his dog, Prince. Noticing how he didn’t slip on ice, he turned Prince’s paw over to find hundreds of small cracks and lines going in all directions. These became the inspiration behind his inventive nonslip sole and the world’s first performance boat shoe. It was a simple invention born of necessity.