Verdict from +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers have admired the Sperry Flex Deck CVO Ultralite as it’s a good-looking sneaker.
  • According to a few users, the shoe doesn’t smell even when it gets wet or when the feet get sweaty.
  • More than a handful of buyers attest that the model is ideal for both casual use and water activities.
  • Several testers find it pleasing that the Sperry Flex Deck CVO Ultralite drains at the bottom and dries quickly.
  • This version of the original Sperry Flex Deck CVO comes at a budget-friendly price.  
  • A lot of wearers acclaim the sneaker for being comfortable for a wide range of activities.
  • Some commenters like that they can wear the Sperry Flex Deck CVO Ultralite without socks in hot weather.
  • The shoe provides excellent grip on both boat and land surfaces, a few reviewers have praised.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of buyers have complained that the white midsole of some of the colorways of the Sperry Flex Deck CVO Ultralite gets dirty quickly.
  • The drainage through the sole lets water in when the deck or ground is wet, some testers have detected.

Bottom line

Loaded with practical features and a stylish appeal, the Sperry Flex Deck CVO Ultralite illustrates the brand’s love for the outdoors. It’s suitable for different activities, especially casual use and water-based adventures, ideal for those looking for comfort.

Some issues to keep in mind is that some of this model’s colorways may get dirty easily. The sole may also let in water from the wet ground or surface. At a budget-friendly price, these can be an excellent option from the Sperry Flex Deck series to treat one’s self to.

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Good to know

A breathable and flexible fit can be expected from the mesh upper of the low-top Sperry Flex Deck CVO Ultralite. It’s offered in men’s sizes. There are laces at the front to help keep the fit tight, while the low-cut structure lets the ankle move unhindered.  

As one of Sperry’s modern creations, the Sperry Flex Deck CVO Ultralite fits both the casual and active lifestyles of today. It has a sporty look that will pair well with active wear or athleisure clothing. Pairing these kicks with jeans, t-shirts, and board shorts are ideal for any casual day. Overall, there are a lot of styling possibilities with these versatile sneakers.

The bungee lace-up of the Sperry Flex Deck CVO Ultralite features a toggle for adjusting and securing the fit to put the shoe on and off easily. Unsurpassed ventilation is offered by the mesh upper and the perforated heel and sole. For the branding, the Sperry name is found on the midsole, while the Sailboat logo is on the tongue.

Since its launching in 1935, Sperry has been beloved by generations of adventurers and casual fashion lovers. It was founded by Paul Sperry, an adventurer himself who developed a passion for sailing from a young age. After a near-accident, he sought to create a shoe that would offer a firm grip across a boat's slippery deck.

He found the answer in the paws of his dog, Prince, which had unique grooves that allowed him to run across the icy ground on a winter's day without slipping. Thus the world's first boat shoe was born, which came to be called Sperrys or Top-Siders. These models and more have also been casual wear favorites for their elegant aesthetic and functionality.

Another iconic Sperry creation is the CVO, or the Circular Vamp Oxford, which consists of a simple canvas upper, quick-dry cotton lining, and a vulcanized rubber sole. It proved to be highly popular in the worlds of tennis and surfing. Since then the shoe has had various versions, such as the Sperry Flex Deck CVO Ultralite, designed for water and land endeavors, featuring a unique sole drainage system and an ultra-lightweight structure.

  • The rubber outsole is made with Molded Hydro-Grip with Adaptive Wave-Siping, offering dynamic traction.
  • Improved agility is provided by the outsole, which is also incorporated with patented SON-R Technology that provides natural sensory feedback.  
  • Superior comfort and zero water absorption are delivered by the perforations on the EVA foam heel and midsole footbed.


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