Verdict from 100+ user reviews

12 reasons to buy

  • The grippy nature of the outsole marveled a lot of wearers. 
  • The bungee lacing system, which administers a convenient easy on and off feature, is well appreciated by many.
  • The sneaker's inserts are non-absorbent which makes them very easy to clean and would dry easily.
  • The Sperry Flex Deck CVO boasts insurmountable comfort not only for sailing but for occasional long walks for extended periods.
  • The mesh material on its upper is very breathable and also dries quickly.
  • The sneaker stayed durable even through the constant encounters of wet and dry conditions.
  • It can be machine washed with ease.
  • Several reviewers would recommend this sneaker and are already planning to buy another pair.
  • The shoe is lightweight.
  • Few had bought the sneaker in an affordable price point.
  • One sailor was astonished that the outsole did not leave marks around the fiberglass portions of his boat.
  • A handful were proud of the sufficient arch support that they received with this sneaker.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several users find the Sperry Flex Deck CVO to run a bit large. 
  • Due to the excellent traction provided by it, the sneaker might tend to squeak or produce annoying noises while walking.

Bottom line

One of the top shoes with sailing DNA is at it again for another coveted iteration in the likes of the Sperry Flex Deck CVO. The sneaker's main selling points are the quick-drying mesh upper and insole partnered by the excellent traction patterns of the Molded Hydro Grip™ rubber outsole with Adaptive Wave-Siping™ treading which disperses water on every step. The lightweight, low top also surprises users with its superbly comfortable form which makes everyday chores a breeze.

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Good to know

Although the sneaker contains Bungee laces, it only serves as a snugging apparatus because its low top form is made into a slip-on. Men can purchase the sneaker in D medium width with sizes ranging from 7 to 12.

Shorts can best complement the use of the Flex Deck CVO, especially when going sailing or hanging out at the beach. Several users had also used it for other activities like trekking or biking, but casual wearers would usually sport it with jeans and shirts. Its low top form and flat sole can also be partnered with chinos and summer outfits matching its breathable attributes.

The sneaker is energized with a lot of Sperry technologies including the SON-R Technology™ which features metatarsal pods which improve one's sensory feedback allowing more stability on different terrain. This core model also features Bungee laces as compared to the others under its umbrella which has laces for its enclosure.

Deriving its inspiration from a Cocker Spaniel's paw prints, Sperry had come a long way from being a revolutionary idea to dominating the boat shoe market today. Established by Paul A. Sperry, a genius adventurer who has a knack for multiple vocations, Sperry became a familiar name not only because of its innovation but because of its timeless style. The decades imbibed on its existence proved worthy of claiming its position in the hearts of sailors and the like.

To give homage to the man who started it all, a team of Sperry designers devised a shoe that is jam-packed with technological breakthroughs. The Sperry Flex Deck CVO showcases utility and a multi-faceted performance shoe that is set to stride the land and sea. The sneaker is equipped with an Adaptive Wave-Siping™ tech to disperse water underneath and a Molded Hydro Grip™ notches to tackle extreme wet surfaces.

  • The Bungee laces contain a toggle closure for a quick adjustable fit.
  • The shoe is also built with a vulcanized construction which firmly fuses the upper to the sole.
  • The sneaker includes a removable EVA footbed for first-hand cushioning.
  • A lightly padded collar and tongue grant a cozy entrance and ride.


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