We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Sperry Captain’s Slip On Perforated Sneaker is budget-friendly.
  • Various reviewers praised how well the perforations let the air flow into the leather sneaker and thus kept their feet cool for long periods.
  • Quite a few users highlighted that it has the makings of a favorite summer sneaker.
  • Several customers liked this slip-on’s classy, versatile style, remarking that it can be very well paired up with either laid-back shorts or business casual attire.
  • Its incredible level of comfort impressed the majority of testers.
  • It’s also lightweight, a few mentioned.
  • The Sperry Captain’s Slip On Perforated Sneaker runs true to size, most wearers agreed.
  • Pleased with their first purchase, some customers considered getting a second pair in another color.

1 reasons not to buy


  • The Sperry model is only available in a few colorways.

Bottom line

Not one to stop from innovating, Sperry reworked its iconic 1935 canvas model to address the needs and styles of today. Proudly decked in its classic heritage silhouette, the Captain’s Slip On Perforated Sneaker has a handsomely perforated leather upper, which delivers pleasant ventilation.

It nestles on a clean-white lightweight gum rubber sole, with a Wave-Siped tread underneath, a full-length cushioned footbed within. These modern twists are stamped with the brand’s trademark subtlety, simplicity, quality. Priced at only $75, this slip-on iteration is Sperrys brilliant response to the changing times.


The combination of this model’s low-top built and slip-on closure makes for a relaxing, free-flowing walk. This pair of features allows the wearer to have unhindered ankle mobility as well as quick, smooth on-and-off, on-the-go wear.

The Sperry men’s Captain’s Slip On Perf Sneaker is available in sizes ranging from 4 to 15, with all set in medium width.

Though having a simple, straightforward silhouette, this slip-on has packed a little twist to it in the form of a perforated leather upper. Such subtle feature makes the sneaker classier and more versatile.

Its slip-on closure matches laid-back clothing like shorts and chinos and a plain tee, while the leather upper makes it suitable for a slightly dressier, smarter attire, such as the jeans-and-long-sleeved polo combos and the like. This model is available in cleanly toned colorways, in Black, Grey, and White.   

Though the perforation is the model’s core element, it should not be ignored that its classic slip-on silhouette is also a significant factor. Its fundamental shape seems to have not aged over the decades, since 1935 up to now. Aside from its basic silhouette, this iteration has retained many of its original features. One of which is the signature molded Wave-Siping outsole tread, whose reliable traction kept many sailors and wearers from slipping off wet and dry surfaces.    

Before sweeping the landscapes, Sperry first began to make waves in the sea with the launching of their—and the world’s—first boat shoe: the Captain’s Circular Vamp Oxford. The CVO, as it’s famously known, embodied the brand’s ideal of simplicity and utility. Its upper was made of a single piece of canvas that wrapped the whole foot, which was lined with cotton for a quick dry, the rubber sole was vulcanized to the canvas upper.

However, it was its outsole tread that made the model significant: it mimicked the grooves of a dog’s paws, deliver superb traction, especially on wet decks where traction was needed the most. To catch up with the new millennium, Sperry flexed their muscles once again and began to innovate this Captain’s model, creating the Captain’s Slip On. Not shy away from innovating, the brand made a perforated leather version of it: the Sperry Captain’s Slip On Perforated Sneaker.

  • Its full-length footbed is removable and accommodates orthotics.
  • This model has a soft lining that is abrasion-resistant, which delivers a right-out-of-the-box broken-in feel.
  • Aside from being lightweight, the gum rubber sole is flexible.
Danny McLoughlin
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.