Sperry Striper LL CVO Hawaiian Style
If classics were meant to provide a low-key yet iconic look, the low-top Sperry Striper LL CVO Hawaiian delivers more than that. Oozing with tropical colors, it hogs the limelight when worn with a plain top, jeans or shorts. It has a lightweight and breathable upper that has a laceless construction for easy wearing. Having the shoe in your wardrobe makes fashion seem so effortless especially with its playful colorways.
Being in the spotlight for quite a time, it's hard to exactly pinpoint what makes these famous canvas sneakers one of the most loved shoes in the world. The low-top Sperry Striper LL CVO Hawaiian, setting aside its stunning looks, has that Wave Comfort Foot System which offers pure comfort. The removable polyurethane footbed helps absorb impact. Also worth noting is the non-marking and non-slip rubber outsole which also adds on to the traction of the entire shoe.
Sperry Striper LL CVO Hawaiian History
Way back in 1935, there was an avid sailor named Paul Sperry. He had an unfortunate accident while sailing in Long Island in which he was thrown overboard. With this, he tried to find ways of designing a shoe that could combat slippery surfaces on the boat. He was able to make one putting creases and grooves on the sole for maximum traction. Paul got this idea from his dog, Prince.
In 1939, the US Navy liked his creation and was, later on, picked up. Most sailors found his shoes effective and later on was sold for $4.50 a pair. One of the first models was the Canvas Circular Vamp Oxford (CVO). The first ever Sperry Top-Sider was sold through direct mail to the members of his yacht club. The CVO had textured rubber outsoles which were eventually adopted by other designs like the Authentic Originals. These kicks were made of tanned leather and were created in partnership with the Commonwealth Shoe and Leather Company.
The following year, Paul let the US Rubber Company buy the company but never gave up on creating new designs. In 1979, Sperry was acquired by the Stride Rite Corporation. Then in 2007, Payless ShoeSource bought them. Finally, in 2012, Wolverine World Wide and Blum Capital Partners acquired Sperry for $1.2 billion.
Despite the big change in management and ownership, the CVO line proved to be the most famous in Sperry’s collections. Ever since the silhouette was out, innovations centered on its classic canvas upper and vulcanized construction on the outsole. And the low-top Sperry Striper LL CVO Hawaiian embodies all of that.