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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.
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.