Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • An assortment of colorways is available for the Sperry Captain’s Slip On shoe.
  • These low-top sneakers from Sperry are easy on the budget as they come with an affordable price tag.
  • The majority of reviewers commented that this shoe is extremely comfortable.
  • The shoe is lightweight, as reported by some reviewers.
  • Many purchasers were happy with the overall performance of this Sperry shoe.
  • Several reviewers liked the versatility of this shoe concerning styling.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer reported that the Sperry Captain’s Slip On felt flimsy.
  • Several wearers complained that this slip-on fits too tight especially on the top of the foot.

Bottom line

Sperry updated its iconic 1935 slip-on shoe to suit today’s modern demand for footwear. The classic model is made even more comfortable with upgraded materials including premium canvas upper, full-length cushioned insoles, and abrasion-resistant linings while retaining its toned-down yet versatile aesthetics.

Not only is the Sperry Captain’s Slip On comfortable and lightweight, but it is also affordable which is an advantage. However, for most, the fit is narrow and tight which could sometimes cause a bit of discomfort.

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Good to know

The Sperry Captain’s Slip On is a men’s low-top sneaker with sizes available from US 4 to 15 in M (medium) width, including half sizes up to 11.5. The majority of reviewers claimed that it runs true to size. The low-top construction with a slip-on closure allows non-restrictive fit and easy on and off wear, especially with the elastic goring to the sides.

Simple and classic are probably the best words that describe the Sperry Captain’s Slip On sneakers. These shoes take the original design from 1935 – plain and versatile. The upper lacks any fancy detailing, just the canvas material in a slip-on construction that sits atop a white rubber midsole.

The low-top Captain’s Slip On shoe features the original 1935 design of the Sperry Captain's CVO, but upgraded with features and technologies for modern comfort. It has a removable full-length contoured footbed and abrasion-resistant lining for supplemental in-shoe comfort and lesser break-in period. The rubber outsole is equipped with Sperry's patented Razor-Cut Wave-Siping technology for optimum traction on any surface and won’t leave scuffs to floors.

Back in 1935, Paul Sperry created the first ever Sperry sneaker, the Captain’s CVO (Circular Vamp Oxford), or simply CVO. It is a low-top sneaker with a canvas upper and a non-slip rubber outsole that took inspiration from Paul's cocker spaniel named Prince. The outsole follows a wave siping pattern that mimics the dog’s paws.

Recently, Sperry released an upgraded version of the Captain’s CVO that gives out modern comfort while staying true to the silhouette’s classic roots – the Sperry Captain’s Slip On. This shoe retained the low-top construction and canvas material but turned into a slip-on shoe for more convenient wearing and comfortable fit and feel. Surfacing from the growing number of Sperry's slip-on variations, this kick is offered in several colorways, with sizes available for men. Each pair initially retails at $60.

  • The upper of the Sperry Captain’s Slip On is made of premium canvas.
  • Sperry branding is displayed on the heel.


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Danny McLoughlin

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