Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • A considerable majority of wearers comment that the Sperry Captain’s CVO is incredibly comfortable and a great sneaker option for the spring and summer months.
  • A good number of users praise its styling versatility because the classic silhouette matches perfectly with other clothes.
  • A lot of wearers say it fits true to size and can be worn fresh out of the box with or without socks.
  • Some people give compliments to wearers of the Sperry Captain’s CVO as its muted colors are stylish and work well with a lot of casual clothing.
  • Several users post positive reviews on how the rubber-soled sneaker is lightweight and flexible for walking around many locations in a day.
  • A few users say the stylish and minimalist low-top sneaker is budget friendly.
  • Most customers think the shoe runs true to size and needs no break-in to feel the comfort immediately.
  • One commenter praises its soft cushioning and removable footbed that allows customization by replacing them with comfortable custom orthotics or inserts.
  • Some wearers say the wave is siping at the outsole results to a fantastic shoe grip even on slippery surfaces.
  • One customer appreciates the fact that the shoes come with an extra pair of laces.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few complaints mentioned that the upper material rubs on the ankle causing discomfort.
  • One reviewer felt disappointed that the upper material felt stiff at the ankles resulting in some discomfort after a few days of use.

Bottom line

A heritage sneaker with modern updates has given the Sperry Captain’s CVO the makings of iconic footwear. The Sperry Captain’s CVO might have been one of the most bestselling and pioneering brands in the market as it displays modern updates into the vintage kicks.  

Also convincing a lot of conscientious buyers to snag a pair of these low-top canvas sneakers is its affordable price of only $60 for men’s and women’s sneakers.

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Good to know

The classic-styled Sperry Captain’s CVO is fitted with a soft, abrasion-resistant lining that assists in shortened break-in time. Also, it has polyester laces that provide a customized fit.

Wear these comfortable low-top kicks with confidence in any outdoor activity during the spring and summer months. Be prepared to set sail in style with the Sperry Captain’s CVO by pairing these with a relaxed slim-fit short and a rolled-up long-sleeved Henley shirt for that authentic sailor look for men. For women, wear these ultra-lightweight kicks with skimpy shorts or a comfortable short skirt for that glammed summer chic fashion perfect for sunny days out in the sun.

The vast array of colors for the vintage Sperry Captain’s CVO sneakers with updated features and solid colorways will surely give your wardrobe a retro-styled component that is toned down and subtle enough not to overpower the usual “Outfit of the Day.” Match these sneakers with another shade of the same color for that monochromatic style that is as classic as this silhouette can get.

To achieve a flexible, comfortable, and lighter edition of the Sperry Captain’s CVO, designers had to improve a few components of the iconic silhouette. Among these improvements included a removable insole that contours to the shape of the foot. A lightweight outsole with signature Wave-Siping technology has been retained for enhanced traction, and a reinforced soft lining at the interior has been added for additional comfort and improved broken-in feel right out of the box.

A familiar low-top footwear design that has appeared since 1935, the Sperry Captain’s CVO or Circular Vamp Oxford sneaker has been a fixture of that preppy sailing style of the brand. The design was created by the brand founder Paul Sperry who noticed superior traction on the paws of his dog named Prince.  Sperry developed wave siping technology on the soles of the low-top shoe and included a clean and streamlined upper to complete the look of the Captain’s CVO.

Some 80 years since the sneaker has been released, the Sperry Captain’s CVO has been a favorite among the brand’s legion of fans that have come to love the laidback design through the years. To modernize the heritage design, Sperry designers came up with a re-engineered sneaker to give superior comfort, lighter weight, and improved flexibility. As a result, designers had to include an extra heel padding and a removable insole or footbed to cushion the feet. A seamless upper was also introduced to eliminate abrasion while a loose lining enhances breathability for the vintage sneaker.

  • An ultra-lightweight and flexible outsole with molded Wave-Siping for enhanced grip and traction on wet and dry surfaces.
  • The removable insole may be removed and replaced by Orthotic inserts.
  • The Sperry Captain’s CVO sneaker jas durable polyester and rust-proof eye with extra laces provided upon purchase.


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