Verdict from 77 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of customers are mesmerized with the stylish and impressive look of the SeaVees California Special.
  • Like Converse and Keds sneakers, it offers enjoyable comfort according to many reviewers. 
  • Several consumers attested that this version of California Special is well made and long lasting. 
  • A plenty number of wearers mentioned that it has a versatile design that can go with almost anything.
  • This shoe has a good value for its price point, noted by some. 
  • Compared to the Converse Jack Purcell High-Top, the mid-top SeaVees California Special has a better and thicker insole as pointed out by a couple of users.
  • It is available in a variety of colorways. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • According to few, the SeaVees California Special shoe for men and women fits narrow where there is not enough room for the toe to wiggle. 
  • A couple of users complained that the shoe with suede upper gets dirty quickly.

Bottom line

Never get out of style with the California Special by SeaVees. With the chukka-inspired silhouette, it has a casual and clean style that captures the hearts of both young and old generations. It has an eye-catching and versatile design that can go with almost anything. 

The mid-top California Special offers uncompromising comfort, providing sufficient breathability and cushioning. Overall, once experienced, the shoe would want you to get more of it, luring to add other colorways to your arsenal of comfortable and stylish kicks.

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Good to know

The SeaVees California Special is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. Ladies can choose from 5 to 11 US while men can pick from 7 to 13 US. It has a mid-top profile that offers ample ankle protection. 

The CA Special has a lace-up construction that gives an adjustable fit. It has a contoured and cushioned footbed and cotton canvas lining that offer superior comfort.

With a mid-cut silhouette, the SeaVees California Special has a breathable upper which is available in different materials like the like stitched together patchwork denim, suede, smooth metallic Nappa leather, and micro-perforated full grain Nappa leather. 

Also, it comes in a myriad of colorways. Women can choose from Ecru, Rose Dust, Falcon, White, Patchwork, and Star Gold while men have options to select among Ecru, Desert, Black, and Night. Regardless of the color, this sneaker can match both dress-down and dress-up outfits.

You will never get out of style with the chukka-inspired SeaVees California Special. It has a sophisticated upper that is effortlessly and timelessly stylish. Both young and old will surely love the design. It is easy to mix and match different outfits while delivering uncompromising all-day comfort.

Back in the 60s, California was the certified home of pop culture as well as symbolized the Golden State like its muscle car obsession. Originally offered exclusively for California people, the California Special was initially a limited edition Ford Mustang released in March 1968. 

The California Special is a lace-to-toe sneaker that pays homage to the classic car, embodying an effortless and timeless style. It has a mid-top profile that offers ankle protection. Available in different types of upper, this sneaker provides sufficient foot breathability. 

It has a contoured footbed and hypoallergenic canvas lining, keeping the foot dry and odor-free. Also, it has the traditional long-lasting outsole with the herringbone tread pattern, ensuring a steady grip. 

  • SeaVees California Special weighs 340 grams, based not on a pair but on a single item.
  • It is also available in different iterations like the SeaVees California Special Nova, California Special Varsity, California Special Beachcomber, and California Special Mulholland


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