Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The nice combination of dressy and casual style of the Sperry Striper II Salt Washed CVO got the most nods from reviewers. They also mentioned how much they liked the leather laces which dress the shoe up.
  • The level of comfort in this Sperry low-top shoe has gotten the second most number of mentions and praises from users.
  • Several testers commended the Striper II Salt Washed CVO sneaker for being well-constructed and built to last.
  • Some delighted users described how the casual footwear provided a good fit even for people with wide foot widths.
  • A handful of customers were pleased with the colorways available for the Sperry model. They added that the shades were “perfect for all seasons.”
  • One person stated that the Sperry Striper II Salt Washed CVO felt much lighter than the original Striper CVO model.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A good number of reviewers reported that the Sperry Striper II Salt Washed CVO runs big.
  • Several people mentioned that you have to wear socks with the low-top Sperry sneaker. Otherwise, the shoe will dig into your ankles. They added that the brand’s removal of the padding from the back of the shoe caused this issue.

Bottom line

Sperry is one of the definitive footwear brands for the preppy and the upper class. The Striper II Salt Washed CVO cements this image with its smart aesthetic that redefines casual style. The fabric upper is balanced by rawhide laces that add a dressy tone to the footwear.

Adding to the shoe’s visual points are the neutral shades of each colorway that make the sneaker the perfect accessory all-year-round. It provides a good fit, is comfortable, and lightweight. It does run big, but the shoe is a good buy overall.

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Good to know

The Sperry Striper II Salt Washed CVO is available in sizes ranging from 4 to 16. The silhouette runs big, so potential buyers are recommended to buy a pair a half size smaller from their usual measurement. Genuine rawhide laces provide an adjustable fit and keep the shoe snug on the feet.

The Sperry Striper II Salt Washed CVO has a relaxed and laidback style that’s perfect for the summer. Pair it with shorts and a long-sleeved shirt with rolled up sleeves for a beach-y look. You can also match the sneaker with an off-white or white denim and a striped nautical-themed shirt.

Sea and land lovers alike would be delighted with the Sperry Striper II Salt Washed CVO for its functionality and style. The shoe’s salt-washed fabric upper gives off a laidback and relaxed vibe that would be perfect for any casual outing, be it on the beach or in the urban jungle. It also contains the famous Wave-Siping technology that has kept many seafarers on their feet for decades during wet and very slippery conditions.

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.

  • The Sperry Striper II Salt Washed CVO contains a removable cushioned footbed, non-marking rubber outsole, and textile linings.
  • Each shoe (not pair) weighs approximately 397 grams.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.