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Wants & Desires | SeaVees Pantone White

Jun 19th, 2009 | Categories: California, Collaborations, Footwear, Style | by Michael Williams

There are a lot of options out there for canvas sneakers these days. Seeing as I tend to be resistant to change, I have continued to buy and wear Sperry Stripers. The one brand that has caught my eye and made me want to update my footwear game is California’s SeaVees. The company recently collaborated with industry color specialists on a special group of simple Pantone inspired designs. Ironically the new Pantone White release — which celebrates the Summer solstice — is devoid of all color. Just like I like it.


The super basic “California Cool” canvas sneakers will set you back $110. The way New York City treats my footwear, I might need to buy three pairs. That or hope Pantone Black is next. White or black, those are some tasty shoes.



Comments: 16

16 Comments to “Wants & Desires | SeaVees Pantone White”

  1. Barry
    on Jun 19th, 2009
    @ 10:39 AM

    I rarely complain about price when it comes to clothing, and I do like the looks of these, but it’s pretty hard to get behind $110 for some incredibly basic canvas sneakers. Definitely nice though.

  2. plaidout
    on Jun 19th, 2009
    @ 10:46 AM

    Rocking the Pantone 170, orange, as we speak. The shape, fit, quality construction, everything about my Seavees is perfect — like a glove.

  3. bob
    on Jun 19th, 2009
    @ 11:31 AM

    those are the perfect shoes. the price is inconsequential for the quality and style you will have on your feet.

  4. craig
    on Jun 19th, 2009
    @ 11:40 AM

    Sign me up. Just got a pair of the vans-esque pair, but I wish they had the green left in stock.

  5. tyk
    on Jun 19th, 2009
    @ 12:32 PM

    how do these justify the price? i’m not trying to be cynical, i just want to know more. like spring courts we know are made of egyptian cotton, silver eyelets, patented rubber insole, the air holes in the sole and what not, but what makes these special in quality to justify $110. why not just buy vans.

  6. Michael Williams
    on Jun 19th, 2009
    @ 12:38 PM


    I don’t know how you justify things, so to me that is a rhetorical question. And to quote Ari Fleischer (which is just random): “only idiots answer rhetorical questions.”

    I think Vans are great and so are these, or you can just cover your feet with a burlap bag. Different strokes for different folks. Now I need to get back to the book of cliches I am working on.


  7. WRA
    on Jun 19th, 2009
    @ 1:46 PM

    A perfect shoe for fuller wallets. Once again, durability is called into question but if they can outlast a pair of Vans (a spring and summer for me) then they would be worth the cash.

  8. textstyles
    on Jun 19th, 2009
    @ 2:20 PM

    love them pantones, a chip off the ol block…
    likin your site! link?


  9. BP
    on Jun 19th, 2009
    @ 7:07 PM

    Thanks yet again. I just ordered $45 Sperry Striders. I’m excited to have found my summer shoe.

    sidenote: <3 GQ, but are the Supergas they endorsed as ugly as I think they are?

  10. BP
    on Jun 19th, 2009
    @ 7:08 PM

    yeah, Stripers that is

  11. BC
    on Jun 19th, 2009
    @ 11:55 PM

    Totally agree, white-out or black-out (if it becomes available) is the way to go here.

    On a side note, I love the website… refreshingly simple, but still some surprises lurking around the corner.

  12. Llywarch
    on Jun 20th, 2009
    @ 7:30 PM

    A tad too flimsy for my liking. Need something with a bit more meat on them. I’m going to go for the Adidas Tennis Indoor http://www.crookedtongues.com/store/footwear/adidas/783/indoor-tennis-youth-pre-buy/

  13. And Culture (Marcellus)
    on Jun 22nd, 2009
    @ 9:24 AM

    Let’s not forget Jack Purcells, which are incredibly durable. I know they’re a touch sportier than the models mentioned, but they’re eminently wearable with a variety of looks.

    One thing the SeaVees and Purcell’s share, which I like, is a low midsole. A lot of canvas sneakers seem to have such a high midsole, which I feel makes them look clunky.

    Also, Purcells are $65.

  14. Brett Svatek
    on Jun 22nd, 2009
    @ 1:35 PM

    I love my superga’s…Italian I know, but $60 well spent. Gum sole!

  15. suchin pak
    on Jun 22nd, 2009
    @ 11:43 PM

    i judge by the shoes you are wearing. i like what these have to say.

  16. Michael Williams
    on Aug 7th, 2009
    @ 9:59 AM

    I ordered these guys and have been wearing them for a month or so and love them. Much more comfortable than the Sperry Striper.