Sneak Peek at SeaVees’ First J.Crew Collab for Women

Finally, something for the ladies! After working together in the past on exclusive men’s styles, sneaker brand SeaVees has created a capsule collection of women’s shoes for J.Crew.

The three laceups, which will be available in J.Crew stores, online and in catalogs in August for $88 to $98, take inspiration from an historic California event: the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, which was a focal point for the counterculture movement and is considered by some to be the beginning of the Summer of Love.

So how will that reference show up in the sneakers? According to SeaVees, the lace-to-toe design harkens back to classic street styles of the 1960s. (And the brand should know, I suppose — it was originally founded in 1964.) Other key features of the line include luxurious uppers made of Italian wool, smooth tumbled leather or oiled calf suede.

SeaVees for J.Crew
SeaVees’ gray wool Monterey Sneaker for J.Crew
CREDIT: courtesy of SeaVees
Stephen Tiller, CEO and chief designer of SeaVees, told Footwear News that the silhouette, dubbed the Monterey Sneaker, was adopted from the brand’s current spring ’15 collection and updated with help from the J.Crew team. “For the wool Monterey sneaker, we were able to tap J.Crew’s supplier from the same mill used for their outerwear department, and the other materials and colors were pulled from their fall ’15 ready-to-wear and accessories collections,” he said.

“It was exciting to see where J.Crew saw trends falling for the upcoming season,” Tiller added. “That allowed for a cool collection of mix-and-match materials and colors executed on one of our favorite classic sneaker styles.”

He pointed out that the shoes, which have a crisp, modern aesthetic, should fit right in with fall’s big fashion trends. “With the popularity of sneakers right now, paired with boyfriend styling, it’s the perfect timing for this look,” said Tiller.

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