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The SeaVees Mariners Cleat is solely offered in men's sizes that stretch from 7 to 13. Ladies who fancy a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their regular shoe size. The shoe generally fits true to size, but a few said they had to go half a size up because it felt too narrow in the toebox.
This kick features a lace-up closure for its fastening system. It utilizes antique brass eyelets for added durability while nylon shoelaces provide a non-slip texture to keep it from getting untied.
This high-top sneaker exudes a streamlined silhouette and straightforward design, which makes for a versatile pair that could be incorporated in almost any outfit. Don't be fooled, however, as it is a very durable and functional shoe that which somehow shows through the extended midsole, antique brass eyelets, and colorways. Moreover, its waterproof finishing and gusseted tongue could work great for when the forecast calls for breezy rain or during awkward temperatures amid seasonal transitions.
This pair's versatile design is what attracts the consumer's attention at first but what hooked them is its quality and functionality. The combination of the waterproof genuine Ventie duck canvas, gusseted tongue, and sealed seam construction provide excellent protection from the elements. Custom contoured footbeds that are lined with soft cotton canvas offer superb comfort, and all these sit atop the brand's signature herringbone "grip lock" rubber outsole give stability on land or a deck at sea.
A footwear brand that is currently based in Santa Barbara, California, SeaVees is reportedly the first footwear company to introduce sneakers in a new light. Their easygoing footwear designs represent the effortlessly cool lifestyle of surfers from the 60s. They were the first to market sneakers as casual footwear. Designer Steven Tiller saw a pair of SeaVees shoes in a Japanese thrift store that sold American products during a trip to Tokyo. Not knowing what it was, Tiller was intrigued and enamored with the sneakers he discovered and decided to bring it home with him to the U.S.
After some investigation, Tiller has come to know that the brand had launched back in 1964 and was founded by B.F. Goodrich along with other brands like Jack Purcell and PF Flyer. Converse later decided to buy SeaVees but was ultimately discontinued in 1971. With just seven years of being in operation, SeaVees didn't entirely become a household name, but the story has changed today as Steven Tiller had revived it in 2010. The originator of casual footwear returns from the 60s and is now made available in 12 countries around the world.
Remaining faithful to the brand's original ideas, SeaVees shoes are retooled with modern materials and constructed using today's latest processes without losing its vintage persona. Tiller reintroduces classic designs from the 60s and carefully updated their comfort, quality and built.
One of the many offerings in the brand's product line is the SeaVees Mariners Cleat. This shoe took inspiration from the U.S. Navy's cleat style kicks that they wore during the 60s known as "swim shoes" or "coral creepers." They fused the Navy shoe’s high-top silhouette with tennis shoes' canvas upper. This reissue is made in collaboration with Taylor Stitch, a lifestyle brand from California.
The shoe is made of Ventile duck canvas, which is a material developed to provide comfort even amidst combat conditions and stay dry during sea missions. It is available in two colorway options.
- A heel pull-tab acts as an aid for easier on and off.
- It is available at $178.
- The shoe is also called the SeaVees x Taylor Stitch 08/69 Mariners Cleat as it was made in partnership with Taylor Stitch and took inspiration from the US Navy who relocated bases on August 1969.