Verdict from 88 user reviews

12 reasons to buy

  • The Sperry Captain’s CVO Drink is budget-friendly.  
  • It’s a comfortable shoe, revealed a lot of testers. A couple of users added that it’s the most comfortable pair of kicks they owned.
  • The shoe fits true to size, attested the majority of reviewers.  
  • According to more than a handful of wearers, the Sperry Captain’s CVO Drink is durable. They shared that they wore it almost every day and that it has held up very well.
  • These shoes are perfect for the summer and spring seasons, several testers agreed.
  • A few wearers revealed that one could wear these sneakers with almost anything.
  • The majority of reviewers would highly recommend the Sperry Captain’s CVO Drink to others.
  • More than a handful of buyers appreciated that this model is lightweight.
  • A lot of commenters liked the shoe’s style, which they described as chic and classic yet modern.
  • It’s a breathable sneaker, several testers acclaimed. 
  • A few wearers received a lot of compliments while wearing the Sperry Captain’s CVO Drink.
  • These shoes provide excellent arch support, perceived some reviewers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The inside of the sneaker rubbed against the foot and caused blisters, complained several buyers.
  • A couple of commenters detected that the canvas of the Sperry Captain’s CVO Drink feels too thin.

Bottom line

Inspired by a heritage model, the Sperry Captain’s CVO Drink has a chic and comfortable appeal that makes it an ideal shoe for spring and summer. It’s also breathable, lightweight, and durable, offered at a budget-friendly price. Another plus is this shoe’s excellent arch support. The break-in period may cause blisters, but all in all, this model is a good option for those looking for a pair of highly affordable and versatile pair of kicks that last.

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Good to know

The low-top Sperry Captain’s CVO Drink is available in men’s sizes from 4-14 and in women's sizes from 5-12. These are in medium width and fits true to size. Its canvas upper is breathable and flexible while providing secure support at the same time. A lace-up closure helps keep the fit snug, while the low-cut collar lets the ankle move freely.

With a timeless silhouette, the Sperry Captain’s CVO Drink can be worn with or without socks. Most outfits will go with these laidback kicks, from jeans and shorts to skirts and dresses. They are versatile and lightweight, suitable for spring and summer weather. These sneakers can also be dressed up or down for different occasions, from relaxed outings to gatherings and more.   

A classic heritage design is modernized in the Sperry Captain’s CVO Drink. On the upper are rust-proof eyelets paired with polyester laces that have a quick-dry function. A minimalist approach is maintained throughout the shoe's design. Sperry branding tags are on the tongue and heel tab. The translucent midsole is a striking detail in the sneaker's subtle style.   

Founded by Paul A. Sperry in 1935, Sperry first came into popularity with its boat shoes, the first of their kind introduced to the boating community and the footwear industry. These days, the brand is known for much more. Its line of casual shoes has become staples for men and women who want a preppy touch in their everyday looks.

The first model that the company produced was the Circular Vamp Oxford, which became known as the CVO. It was made up of canvas with a simple upper design and cotton lining, enabling a quick-drying feature. The rubber sole was also vulcanized. Overall, the sneaker provided stability and comfort, making it quickly popular. Eventually, the shoe found itself as a favorite in the tennis world and the rebel surfing youth culture in the 1960s.

Since then, the shoe has undergone different versions, such as the Captain’s CVO, which sought to modernize the 1930s original model. One of the latest editions of this sneaker is the Sperry Captain’s CVO Drink, which took inspiration from refreshing cocktails. It’s a modern upgrade for the original model, with a more lightweight and sleeker structure fit for everyday activities.    

  • The ultra-lightweight, flexible, and non-marking rubber outsole features Molded Wave-Siping technology. This system prevents scuffing on floors, giving the wearer stable footing, whether on the deck or walking on the shore.
  • Its full-length footbed contours to the foot to ensure a good fit. It’s also removable and dries quickly.
  • This model’s colorway options are named after popular cocktail drinks: Strawberry Daiquiri Red, Pina Colada White, Dark and Stormy Grey, and Blueberry Margarita Blue. 


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