In 1935, sailor and inventor Paul Sperry designed a non-slip shoe that could be worn on deck to prevent falls and injury. The shoe was an invention born of necessity, and over time his invention – the boat shoe – evolved into an icon of style. Today, we continue to celebrate Paul Sperry’s love of sailing and spirit for innovation and invention.
This summer, we celebrated our founder’s love for sailing and our brand’s nautical history by taking the Sperry team to the Boston Harbor for a day on the water with Courageous Sailing.
Check out a few photos from the day and learn more about our team in the photos below.
Courageous Sailing is a non-profit sailing center located in Boston, MA. The group’s mission is to transform lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership.
The Sperry crew set sail with the Courageous team for a day of sailing and some (friendly) competition in the Boston Harbor. Here’s Eden from our Product team rigging the sails on her Rhodes 19.
The Courageous Sailing team set up a small regatta for our fleet of employee sailors right in the center of Boston Harbor, where the team took in views of the city. Here, two sailboats cruise in front of a tugboat that sits docked in front of a new building being built in East Boston.
With instructors and experienced skippers onboard each boat, some of our less experienced employees were given the opportunity to learn some of the basics of sailing.
Squad goals. Three Sperry employees rock their favorite boat shoes onboard their Rhodes 19s during the races.
Christian from our Product team assumes the Captain’s position aboard his team’s Rhodes 19.
Cheerful sailors from the Sperry team return to the docks after a great day on the water.
Each fall, just as the leaves begin to change, volunteers in our hometown of Massachusetts come together to participate in COASTSWEEP – a statewide beach cleanup that takes place from September through November.