Summer is here and it’s hot out there, meaning a pair of casual sneakers is a must. Having a pair of classic casual shoes you can wear without socks is a pivotal part of any guy’s summer attire.
When it comes to casual, stylish footwear there is no better name in the game than SeaVees. SeaVees were the original casual sneaker for men, launching in 1964. In all honestly, SeaVees were a little ahead of there time but in a 2018 world, no shoe has ever been more appropriate for the continued acceptance of casual style we see today.
SeaVees was brought back to life in the 2000s after Steven Tiller, the brand’s lead designer came across a pair of vintage SeaVees in a secondhand store in Tokyo. He successfully relaunched the iconic, vintage brand in California with minimal style changes and optimal use of modern materials.
Check out the story of Tiller’s revitalization of the SeaVees brand:
Now, SeaVees are built with the same vintage style but have the added benefits of modern comfort and ruggedness. All of that with a moderate price tag, usually less than $100 for a pair of shoes.
With multiple styles and colors, SeaVees are a staple look for any guy this summer and beyond. Check out some of our favorites below.
The 06/64 Legend Sneaker harkens back to June 1964 when SeaVees pioneered the coastal California lifestyle with its introduction. More than 50 years later, after a chance discovery in a Tokyo thrift shop, the pioneering SeaVees sneaker behind the mantra “the new way to go casual” has been reborn as “the original way to go casual,” making this ultra-versatile sneaker a vintage-inspired staple you’ll never want to take off.
The 08/63 Hermosa Plimsoll Standard celebrates the first skateboard contest held in August 1963, when about 100 people trekked from the Hermosa Beach Surf festival to the parking lot of a nearby high school for the competition. SeaVees’ new take on the classic features a vintage wash and exclusive signature touches.
The SeaVees 08/63 Hermosa Beach Plimsoll celebrates the first skateboard contest held in August 1963. Set in the parking lot of the Pier Avenue Junior High School in Hermosa Beach, California, the competition draws about 100 people from the nearby Hermosa Beach Surf Festival.
This sneaker features classic style and fit with a custom-dye herringbone textile upper that’s salt-washed to vintage perfection. Its flat eyelets are antique nickel and thin laces are made from waxed cotton. The Plimsoll is finished with SeaVees’ signature herringbone outsole, which offers maximum slip resistance and long-lasting wearability.
In May 1966, The Beach Boys released Pet Sounds in Hawthorne, California. The relaxed, timeless style of the SeaVees 05/66 Hawthorne Slip-On evokes that mid-60s cool of the quintessential California band.
Easy and comfortable, the men’s Hawthorne Slip-On RIV sneaker is one of SeaVees’ most versatile styles, and one that isn’t afraid to get dressed-up on a whim. For fall Seavees paired the Hawthorne with soft corduroy in a variety of colors that are perfect for the transition months. Garment-dyed and durable, they complement almost any outfit and will stand up to the fading heat of late summer all the way into those chilly fall evenings.
By always remembering the overwhelming sense of optimism from the 1960s, Seavees pushes beyond their own limits to capture and build from one of the most inspiring eras of American history. The Huntington Middie is a new type of slip-on with a mid-rise upper that captures the quintessential surf style—modern, simple and comfortable.
The Greyboard colorway of the Huntington Middie is available exclusively on Huckberry.
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