The Deck Shoe. I bet that you have no idea that fashion’s most iconic pair of shoes was inspired by a dog. Yes, you have that right. Deck shoes come to us thanks to our four-legged friends.
The world and his wife own a pair of the comfortable shoe but very few people know its interesting history. The world’s first deck shoe was invented in 1935 by Paul Sperry. Himself a sailor, he was looking for a non slip solution to the shoes that all boaters wore on slippery decks. He was inspired by his dog Prince’s ability to run nimbly over the ice and snow without slipping, so he took a penknife and carved cuts that mimicked the grooves on his dog’s paws into a rubber outsole. Brilliant!
The Modern Deck Shoe
So my current wardrobe of shoes consists of flip flops and numerous pairs of deck shoes in varying forms of decay. New deck shoes are an anathema. Deck shoes are tatty, covered in salt with a collection of interesting stains, worn down, faded and with mismatched laces. However these days they are no longer just worn at sea.
Deck shoes have become more and more popular in this day and age and they have emerged as a standard fashion of foot wear all over the world. This is due to their authenticity, different range of colours and their uniqueness. It is for this reason that many shoe makers have raised their bars by coming up with new trends to keep up with the competition in that industry. These shoes are available for all genders and they are worn by both the young and old alike.
Today, you can find them in hundreds of fabrics, colours and styles, and everyone from kids to adults wear them.