Sperry Striper II Salt Washed CVO History
The Sperry company happened because of an accident. In the early 30s, Paul Sperry, an avid outdoorsman, slipped and fell from the Sirocco, a schooner he purchased with his wife. It was late, and everyone on board was already fast asleep. Fortunately, he managed to grab hold of the rigging and was able to haul himself back on board. This incident led him to create the first non-slip boat shoe which he called the Canvas Circular Vamp Oxford or Canvas CVO.
The model was a resounding success, and Sperry was soon working on a leather version. This too took off and made the Sperry brand a force to reckon with regarding sailing footwear. The company grew and expanded and, in later years, produced Sperry footwear for land lovers as well.
The Striper CVO is one such footwear. It featured a relaxed look, premium canvas construction, removable PU footbed, and Wave-Siping rubber outsoles for excellent grip for any land or sea adventure. The Striper was a much-loved classic, and it was on this model that the Striper II Salt Washed CVO is based on. Built with a slimmer silhouette than the original, the Striper II Salt Washed CVO was made to be lighter and more comfortable on the feet. A salt-washed fabric also served as a more contemporary update.