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Here’s another Veteran entrepreneur: Sperry Shoes, founded by Navy veteran Paul A. Sperry

You can thank a former sailor in the US Naval Reserve for inventing the world's first boat shoe. In 1917, Sperry joined the Navy Reserve, though he didn't stay in for very long. He was released from duty at the end of the year at the rank of Seaman First Class.

Still, his experience there and further adventures sailing led to the founding of his company, which eventually created the first non-slip boating shoe. He founded Sperry in 1935. During World War II, his Sperry Top-Sider shoes were purchased by the boatload by the Navy. Now nearly a century later, they are still a favorite of sailors everywhere. #Veteransaccelerator

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