According to HuffPost Style, the first pair of boat shoes was created in 1935 when sailor Paul Sperry saw his dog, Prince, race across wet surfaces with ease. To achieve a friction similar to that of his pet's paws, Sperry used a knife to carve identical marks into the bottoms of his shoes. The rest is history: Today, Sperry Top-Siders are synonymous with preppy style, and their popularity has long sailed beyond the decks.
Click over to HuffPost Style for the full story and a visualized timeline of the footwear staple. Here's hoping we have more puppy-inspired soles in the future, like ones made specifically for running in circles or tap dancing when you get excited. (HuffPost Style)