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A pair of boat shoes.

Boat shoes, are also known as loafers but one version is also known as deck shoes or topsiders, are typically leather with rubber soles designed for use on a boat. A siping pattern is cut into the soles to provide grip on a wet deck; the leather construction, along with application of oil, is designed to repel water. [1]

Modern boat shoes were invented in 1935 by Paul Sperry after noticing his dog's ability to run easily over ice or snow. Using a knife, he cut siping into his shoes' soles, inspiring a shoe perfect for boating. [2] Sebago and Sperry are notable modern manufacturers of boat shoes.

Boat shoes are used by sailors, as the name suggests; however, since the '80s they have become fashionable footwear in America and the UK. [3] Some Sperry Top-Siders shoes today have Sperry's traditional white, non-marking soles, though many others today have dark non-marking soles.


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