Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Many of the owners admire the classic design of the SeaVees Monterey Varsity.
  • Some wearers are not hesitant to buy multiple pairs of this kick.
  • Plenty of commenters consider this sneaker to be comfortable enough even for all-day use.
  • The SeaVees Monterey Varsity requires little to no break-in period, according to a few reviews.
  • Several users appreciate the lightweight nature of this low-top kick.
  • A lot of consumers are delighted to receive compliments when wearing this shoe.
  • The affordable price of this kick is well-received by many buyers.
  • A few SeaVees Monterey Varsity reviews mention that it is great for walking, traveling, and light running.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users notice that the SeaVees Monterey Varsity sneaker does not have enough arch support.
  • Some complain that the back part of the shoe rubs their ankles.  

Bottom line

As a modern addition to the SeaVees Monterey collection, the Varsity iteration did not disappoint. It has a well-cushioned and breathable construction that provides excellent comfort even for extended wear. Thanks to its timeless design, it is one of the classic-designed SeaVees sneakers that pair well with different kinds of outfits.

Comes with a budget-friendly price tag, this kick is considered as one of the most sought-after SeaVees sneakers for both men and women.

Facts

Base model: SeaVees Monterey Standard
Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: SeaVees Monterey
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede
Features: Orthotic friendly
Price: $82
Colorways: Green, Pink, Red
Size
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The men’s Varsity model of the SeaVees Monterey collection is available in sizes 7 to 13. On the other hand, the SeaVees Monterey Varsity women’s shoe comes in sizes 5 to 11. These kicks have half sizes for a more precise fit.

On the upper, this shoe features a traditional lace-up closure, which provides enough leeway for users to adjust the fit according to the width of their feet.   

Because of its classic street sneaker style, the SeaVees Monterey Varsity has a versatile design that goes well with almost everything. Ladies can wear it with leggings, skinny jeans, or denim shorts. A white, printed shirt and a black mini skirt look great with this kick to achieve a fashionable look.

Men can go for the boy-next-door look when pairing the Varsity iteration of the SeaVees Monterey with jeans, a white shirt, and a varsity jacket. It can also be worn with shorts.

This sneaker uses a soft suede upper with perforations that creates a modern look for the OG SeaVees Monterey model. Also, vent holes are created on the sides for extra breathability. Furthermore, the textured toe bumper and midsole add to the durability of this kick.

Internally, this low-top kick is fitted with a fully removable footbed that is contoured to the shape of the foot. The insole is also perforated for excellent airflow and comfort within the shoe.

Unknown to many, SeaVees is the brand that started the transition of sneakers from being a gym shoe into the casual footwear that it is known today. The company started sometime in the 1960s, but it was reborn in the mid-2000s.

Steven Tiller and Derek Galkin found an abandoned pair of SeaVees kick in a thrift shop in Tokyo. After some research, they learned that SeaVees was one of the trio brands that were owned by B.F. Goodyear. 

After buying all the rights to the brand, the creative duo revived SeaVees and turned it into what it is today. With the creative direction of Tiller, the company has become one of the top names in the casual footwear industry.

Despite carrying a variety of sneaker models, including the SeaVees Monterey Varsity from the Monterey collection, SeaVees sneakers stay true to their classic designs, good-quality materials, and excellent workmanship. 

  • The SeaVees Monterey Varsity in size 8.5 weighs 312 grams.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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