Verdict from 9 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the reviewers agree that the SeaVees Legend Raffia is one sneaker that is on-point when it comes to casual style and function.
  • Most of the purchasers share that they love the timelessness design of the silhouette on this kick.
  • A number of users notice that this raffia version of the original SeaVees Legend is easy to break-in.
  • Quite a few of the customers declare that they can wear this sneaker in various activities -- working, sailing, strolling, and the like.
  • This footwear is versatile when it comes to matching outfit choices, states a few individuals.
  • Many online buyers express their impressiveness that the image on site is exactly the same in person, especially in terms of color and texture.
  • Several shoe collectors mention that they get compliments whenever they put on this classic CVOs.
  • Some reviewers opine that SeaVees sneakers possess superior quality over Vans low-top sneakers, in terms of comfort and look.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users share that the rear portion of the kick tends to rub the heel.
  • Some wearers find that the shoe feels hard on feet.

Bottom line

Don’t be fooled by the simple design that the SeaVees Legend Raffia. The minimalistic layout of this durably constructed shoe, with its natural brown raffia fiber upper, is what appeals to sneaker wearers. 

A vintage-looking silhouette, a textured upper, and an exclusive breathable, cushy foam footbed is a triple tick for anyone on the lookout for a retro sneaker that exudes both style and comfort.

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Good to know

Although exclusively available in men’s sizing only, the ageless design and off-white colorway of the Legend Raffia suits both sexes, much like SeaVees’ casual array.

Many reviewers recommend getting this in half a size up when deciding to purchase one as it tends to be on the narrow side, particularly for those with wide feet.

SeaVees’ exclusive memory foam removable insole has perforations that help circulate the air inside the shoe, keeping the wearer’s feet cool and odor-free.

Much like how the founder of SeaVees wears his pair of SeaVees, it is best to show off this uniquely crafted trainer by wearing chino ankle pants, a white tee, and a blazer over it.

Women can have fun with this neutral-toned kick by wearing a dark printed floral dress and a fedora hat to achieve that laid-back summer vibe.

A sure stand out on this low-top iteration is the one-of-a-kind woven upper raffia material. To keep the authenticity of the palm tree fibers, the shoe is available in a neutral tone. 

Apart from the upper substance, this remastered version possesses high rubber foxing to adjoin the upper and the midsole. Textile lines the contours for a cleaner and more secure silhouette.

SeaVees’ Legend story started when the company, then owned by rubber company BF Goodrich, released it in1964 to encourage every person to go out in their sneakers accompanied with the tagline “the new way to go casual.”

After being briefly owned by Converse, it went on a 40-year dormancy until it was discovered in 2008 by Steven Tiller on a chance accident in a Tokyo thrift store. 

Since then, SeaVees, coined from the term canvas vulcanized oxford or more commonly known as CVO, has been preserving the heritage of the Californian coastal heritage by naming each shoe on historical events pivotal in the ‘60s of the Golden State.

From “the new way to go casual,” the resurrected shoe manufacturer pays homage to its origins and revised its tagline: “the original way to go casual” in 2014. 

The Legend is among SeaVees’ bestsellers, and it has sprouted different variations like the Legend Sneaker Cordies (in corduroy upper) and Legend X (in commemoration of SeaVees’ 10th anniversary of its revival).

  • This model carries a signature herringbone outsole for maximum grip.
  • Another version of this shoe is available in raffia stripes.


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