In 1935, Paul Sperry saw his cocker spaniel Prince run across a frozen pond near his Connecticut casa and had an "aha" moment. Noticing that the mutt didn't slip, he traced the traction to Prince's cracked and grooved paws, which he ingeniously realized would be perfect traction for us humans, too. The lightbulb translated to the Authentic Original Sperry Top-Sider, and our boat-shoe summers haven't been the same ever since. To celebrate (and just in time for your life-saving weekend trips outside the city), Sperry Top-Siders released an anniversary collection with the original outsole Paul created to mimic Prince's paw, all packaged in limited-edition shoe-boxes that look just like the originals.
R29 GIVEAWAY: Sperry Top-Sider's is helping you get in on the birthday celebrations. 5 lucky winners (and guys, this could be you too) will get a pair of the Canvas CVO's in the color of your choice from the men's or women's collection. All you need to do is post a picture on our Facebook wall of your fave snap of yourself by the water and Sperry Top-Siders' top picks will nab the shoes (plus you'll be featured on their seriously awesome Facebook page too!)