California footwear label SeaVees designs and produces all of its shoes around stories and dates relevant to the rich history of the state of California. New for Summer 2012 is the 08/61 Army Issue sneaker, which takes its name from the August 1961 opening of Camp Irwin – an Armored Combat Training Area in San Bernardino County which opened as the U.S. prepared to go to war in Vietnam. The standard issue for many Army recruits at the time were sneakers just like this design from SeaVees — a chambray and garment-dyed slub twill upper, atop a genuine gum rubber sole. Even the eyelets get period-correct treatment, as they are all sourced from antique nickel. You’ll soon be able to pick up a pair of the Army Issue Sneaker direct from the SeaVees online shop where a pair retails for $88 USD.
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