Size and fit

Women’s sizes from 5-11 in medium width are available for the SeaVees California Special Mulholland. There are also half sizes in the options. This model has a leather upper that offers a robust and reliable fit. The laces can adjust the tightness, while the mid-cut collar protects the ankle without restricting it.

SeaVees California Special Mulholland Style

The mid-top SeaVees California Special Mulholland has one color option, the Leopard Cow Hide. This animal printed sneaker can add a vibrant touch to any outfit. Skinny jeans, capri pants, and shorts will emphasize the shoe’s print design. For a laidback and retro flair, the model can be worn with mom jeans along with a loose t-shirt or crop top.

A feminine look can be achieved with these kicks when they are paired with A-line or frilly skirts, which will contrast the wild look. Additionally, bodycon or skater dresses will elevate the sneaker’s fierce appeal. Bold colors such as red or neutral hues such as grey or black will complement the shoe’s printed style.

Notable Features

Featuring a sleek silhouette in a mid-cut lace-up design, the California Special Mulholland balances comfort, versatility, and ease of wearing. The upper is made up of raw-edged cowhide leather, showcasing a leopard print. Meanwhile, the signature contrasting white cotton laces and flat eyelets keep the shoe grounded with a classic style.

SeaVees branding is found on the sides of the midsole, which is kept white and plain, with a ribbed design along the toe. Stitch detail on the upper adds a subtle preppy touch, while the rest of the shoe focuses on the seamless leopard print for a smooth flair.

SeaVees California Special Mulholland History

SeaVees was founded in 1964 by the American tire company B.F. Goodrich. The brand developed shoes that embodied the casual coastal lifestyle of California's golden age. Throughout the 1960s, it quickly became known for its pioneering advertising campaign. Among other feats, the brand helped to transform the gym shoe into a casual favorite.

However, seven years after its founding, the label was virtually abandoned and lay dormant for forty years. That is until Steven Tiller rediscovered a pair of SeaVees kicks in a Tokyo thrift store and relaunched the brand.

From the beginning, SeaVees kicks were meant to be worn for any occasion, from casual activities to dressy social affairs. With its relaunch, the company focused on taking classic designs and giving them a modern edge. One such shoe that illustrates this streak is the SeaVees California Special Mulholland.

In 1968, the California Ford Dealers released a limited-edition Mustang called the California Special, which was offered exclusively to residents of California. This special car was the inspiration behind the SeaVees California Special, a lace-to-toe shoe that pays tribute to the classic automobile. As one of the original’s iterations, the SeaVees CA Special Mulholland is made to be as effortlessly stylish and equally timeless as the car that it’s named after.

Additional Info

  • This model is lined with soft cotton canvas for a breathable and comfortable feel.
  • The SeaVees custom contoured footbed delivers comfort.
  • Airflow and cooling capacity is provided by the ventilation eyelets on the medial side.
  • The traditional calendar outsole is constructed with genuine gum rubber, making it durable and elastic.

Facts / Specs

Base model: SeaVees California Special
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Casual
SKUs: W038C18HCS960

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.