Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • The SeaVees Westwood gets a lot of praise for the timeless silhouette and overall comfort it affords the wearer.
  • Numerous reviewers describe the excellent construction of high-quality materials on this sneaker.
  • Several shoe wearers intend to buy another pair or two because the price is affordable.
  • According to many reviewers, they frequently get compliments when they don the Westwood sneaker.
  • Most of the sneaker fans appreciate the classic style of this low-top.
  • Styling comes in easy because of the retro appeal, mentions some consumers.
  • Various basic colorways and upper materials make this kick versatile, states some users.
  • A good number of buyers note that this looks and feels better than Converse’s Chuck Taylor.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of reviewers share that the outsole easily comes off within a couple of months’ use.
  • Some users state this sneaker needs a little more arch support.
  • Several users of the Westwood by SeaVees describe how the bottom heel rubber peels off easily.

Bottom line

If one is looking for a much cleaner old-school sneaker silhouette, this tennis-inspired shoe fits the bill. The mono-hued color variations make this trainer very easy to wear and go about one’s activities without sacrificing on comfort and style.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: SeaVees Casual Shoes
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, EVA, Rubber Sole, Suede
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable
Price: $88
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Support
Neutral Stable
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Stability 3/10
Durability 6/10
Outsole durability 3/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 7/10
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SeaVees Westwood is exclusively released in men’s sizing. While generally fitting true to size, for those who have wide feet and put on socks at the same time, many users suggest getting a half-size or a full size to ensure ample room in the forefoot. 

Seven metal eyelets help secure one’s snug preference through classic white cotton flat laces.

Although available in men’s range, the ageless design, silhouette, and basic colorways, the SeaVees Westwood suits both sexes, much like SeaVees’ low-top array.

Contrasting stitching detail serves as an accent against a predominantly solid block of color on the upper with a reinforced suede leather toe cap in the standard version.

A certain eye-catching feature is a vintage racing cotton-webbing backstay detailing at the heel, that is unique to the SeaVees Westwood.

Canvas upper is salt-washed to achieve that soft and faded aesthetic.

SeaVees was in an over 40-year dormancy when Steven Tiller resurrected the brand in 2008. 

Owned initially by BF Goodrich, SeaVees was launched as a way to entice people to wear sneakers outside the gym by creating the first pair to be incorporated into a more casual lifestyle. The shoe went along with the tagline, “The new way to go casual.”

In 1969, Converse bought SeaVees, but no sooner was ordered to close down by the US Department of Justice to avoid monopolizing the American sneaker industry.

Tiller, who has been in the retail footwear industry for a long time, has been dreaming of owning and running his own shoe company while living the California dream. He accidentally found a way to fulfill both of these passions in a Japan thrift store when he stumbled on a pair of SeaVees pair.

After discovering that no one owned the company, Tiller knew that SeaVees was meant for him. His obsession for the California ‘60s era inspires the names for every SeaVees shoes ensuring to encapsulate the pivotal events in California during that period -- from music to pop culture and historical issues.

                 Homage to UCLA men’s tennis team

SeaVees Westwood is named after the May 1965 (05/65) win of the UCLA men’s tennis team in the NCAA National Championship, which was held in Westwood, California.

Team captain Arthur Ashe won both the singles and doubles title raking in 31 of a possible 34 points.

  • Also available in suede, leather, french terry, and kid leather uppers.
  • It is also known as 05/65.
  • Padded collar offers comfort and support.

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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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