Size and fit

Although exclusively available in men’s sizing only, the ageless design and off-white colorway of the Legend Raffia suits both sexes, much like SeaVees’ casual array.

Many reviewers recommend getting this in half a size up when deciding to purchase one as it tends to be on the narrow side, particularly for those with wide feet.

SeaVees’ exclusive memory foam removable insole has perforations that help circulate the air inside the shoe, keeping the wearer’s feet cool and odor-free.

Seavees Legend Raffia Style

Much like how the founder of SeaVees wears his pair of SeaVees, it is best to show off this uniquely crafted trainer by wearing chino ankle pants, a white tee, and a blazer over it.

Women can have fun with this neutral-toned kick by wearing a dark printed floral dress and a fedora hat to achieve that laid-back summer vibe.

Notable Features

A sure stand out on this low-top iteration is the one-of-a-kind woven upper raffia material. To keep the authenticity of the palm tree fibers, the shoe is available in a neutral tone. 

Apart from the upper substance, this remastered version possesses high rubber foxing to adjoin the upper and the midsole. Textile lines the contours for a cleaner and more secure silhouette.

Seavees Legend Raffia History

SeaVees’ Legend story started when the company, then owned by rubber company BF Goodrich, released it in1964 to encourage every person to go out in their sneakers accompanied with the tagline “the new way to go casual.”

After being briefly owned by Converse, it went on a 40-year dormancy until it was discovered in 2008 by Steven Tiller on a chance accident in a Tokyo thrift store. 

Since then, SeaVees, coined from the term canvas vulcanized oxford or more commonly known as CVO, has been preserving the heritage of the Californian coastal heritage by naming each shoe on historical events pivotal in the ‘60s of the Golden State.

From “the new way to go casual,” the resurrected shoe manufacturer pays homage to its origins and revised its tagline: “the original way to go casual” in 2014. 

The Legend is among SeaVees’ bestsellers, and it has sprouted different variations like the Legend Sneaker Cordies (in corduroy upper) and Legend X (in commemoration of SeaVees’ 10th anniversary of its revival).

Nice to know

  • This model carries a signature herringbone outsole for maximum grip.
  • Another version of this shoe is available in raffia stripes.

Facts / Specs

Style: Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Closure: Laces
Material: Rubber Sole, EVA, Woven / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.