Monthly Archives: August 2010

Moc Hunting

I’m in the market for some Canoe/Camp mocs. I’ve been a fan of these for a while, and I’m looking for an alternative to boat shoes. I’ve found three suitable alternatives: Quoddy Trail Canoe Moc ($175): Maine Made In Brown Cromexcel And in Cinnamon Pebbled Leather The unlined versions from O’Connell’s are $175, and the […]

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CWAC - August 28, 2010 - 9:13 PM

Could be worth taking a trip to the nearest Orvis and giving their Pembroke mocs a shot – though the reviews on the site aren't particularly great:

There's also the L.L.Bean Signature mocs. Not made in the US, but apparently pretty decent nonetheless:

Laguna Beach Fogey - August 28, 2010 - 10:27 PM

I've owned the LL Bean and Russell versions and like both. The Quoddy is way overrated, IMO. Those Russells in your photo are beautiful.

Anonymous - August 28, 2010 - 10:51 PM

I'm wearing my Bean Camp Mocs now – I do NOT like the catus color – stick with the brown. The Quoddy lined mocs look very nice, but I just don't have use for a lined camp mocs. I like to wear them on lazy summer days and thus never with socks – lined mocks make no sense to me.

The Bean Camp Mocs start out stiff – the leather is thick – I suspect it's bullhide because of the thickness and the texture, but I really like mine. I suggest you start with the Bean. If you get them and find that they are deficient in some way – send them back and spend 3X for the Quoddy's.

I'm not a fan of the Russell – I think it's the lack of hardware that the other two have (i.e., the metal eyelets)

Anonymous - August 28, 2010 - 11:44 PM

Highly recommend the Quoddy mocs. Mine became extremely comfortable in a short time span. Well worth the extra expense, they will wear in nicely.

Schorsch - August 28, 2010 - 11:54 PM

I have the LLBean mocs, and I love them. I got them in cactus and used boot oil to give them a nice oiled leather finish. Two warnings: I got them in my usual size, and their a little big for sockless wear. It still works fine, but when I wear these out I'll get me next pair down one size. And: one of the metal eyelets pulled out once. I considered sending them back, as the nice lady on the LLBean line suggested, but it was an easy fix.

Anonymous - August 29, 2010 - 3:56 AM

Russells hands down. They are a sturdier construction than the others and they wear in quickly. Plus, go to the Russell website and check out the list of luminaries who wear Russell mocs! They can't all be wrong.

sweethomeamy - August 30, 2010 - 7:53 PM

The first and the last ones are my favorites!

oldominion - August 31, 2010 - 8:55 PM

Read my short post about my Quoddy experiences here:

Short version: bought 2 pair from OConnells Spring 09; both have been returned due to workmanship issues. I posted this on Ask Andy and was not too surprised to hear that other people have had trouble as well.

It's too bad, really. The shoes are beautiful and apparently well made. But when you're paying $400 for two pair of boat shoes them thangs best be perfect. These were not. Far from it, in fact.

JRS - September 1, 2010 - 1:03 AM

CWAC – I like the Orvis model; I'll give them a look.

LBF – the Russell's look better in person. They are at the top of the list.

Anon @ 8/28|11:56 – Impressive list…They did feel very sturdy, and I like that they don't have the metal eyes.

OD – thanks for the head's up. I never imagined that the Quoddy's would have such a mixed review – especially for that price.

blackandtannedny - September 3, 2010 - 2:09 PM

Lined Quoddys are the way to go if you're going for Quoddys in general. The glove leather is very friendly on bare feet.

Anonymous - September 3, 2010 - 7:50 PM

If you're willing to try a pair of mocs without rubber soles; give the Gokey's on Orvis a look. they're akni to a driving moc.

Made in the USA, size down, tough break-in period. I love mine.

M - March 27, 2011 - 6:22 PM

Did you ever pull the trigger on a pair of Camp Mocs?


Florida - May 23, 2011 - 7:23 PM

How do those Russell’s fit? How would you compare them to sperrys fit?

PAB - July 14, 2011 - 1:46 PM

Hi, not sure if you ever got around to buying these, but if I may, I would like to share my opinion. I own all three of these, and more, actually. The camp moc is my all time favorite shoe.
LL Bean, the new shoe, well, the classic looks are there but the quality is just subpar. They do run big, I normally wear a 12.5 EE and I bought these in a regular width 12 and they are still roomy. The leather is stiff, but not unmanageable. The sole would be my biggest complaint. They are not camp soles. They are some hodgepoded, almost athletic shoe sole. They do stretch out, too, which has made them uwearable at this point. They just flop off my heel.
Russell’s, I had mine custom made to my foot measurements. The leather is thick, but supple. Only problem, they don’t fit right. The body of the shoe was stitched onto the sole incorrectly so it always looks like my foot is turned out. I tried to get this fixed to no avail. I sent them back twice, not fixed. A big disappointment. Also, not a camp sole once again. It is a boat shoe sole. The slight heal is contrary to everything a camp moc should be. I decided that any more effort in getting them fixed or replaced was not worth my time, so they are collecting dust.
Quoddy, well, these by far are my favorite. Once you know how to order them, they are fantastic. I order them straight from Quoddy and have them customized for my liking. If you call them, they are extremely helpful and willing to work with you. You can get any leather, any sole, any color lace, eyelets or not, lined or not. I have my 4th pair on order right now. Not that I am wearing them out, I just love them so much I keep getting different version. So I would suggest going with Quoddy. If you wear a standard size, like 9M, you can get them immediately from O’Connell’s in Buffalo. They carry both standard, unlined variations.
But here is the ultimate camp moc, in my opinion. I copped a pair of vintage LL Bean camp mocs made by Quoddy on ebay! It was amazing luck finding them new, old stock and in my size. I guess the trad gods were on my side that day. Needless to say, they are the epitome of the camp moc. Correct flat sole with cut out wedge at the rear of the sole. They are thick and supple pebble grained bullhide. They are unlined and have nickel eyelets (which I happen to like). My only concern with these is what to do if I ever wear them out.
Anyway, hope this helps, I apologize for the long winded diatribe on camp mocs, it just happens to be something close to my heart.
Love the website!

Confused - May 30, 2012 - 3:22 PM

I’ve been at this since many days now, and I don’t know much- in fact, I know nothing- about moccasins. However, I’d like to know the difference between canoe and camp mocs. I’ve just given up hope now and Google brought me here, so I’m just gonna ask you. Also, could you tell me the difference between moccasins and boat shoes… I kind of do know the difference, but online shops continuously call what would be a boat shoe a moccasin and a moccasin a boat shoe. So confused!
Please help!… lol

Spanielman - September 16, 2012 - 11:13 AM

One word! Rancourt’s!!!

Fall Rush: Don’t Forget Your Shirt

Oh the memories… Images: Google & Ebay

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DAM - August 26, 2010 - 1:25 PM

TFM. - August 26, 2010 - 3:35 PM

hahaha. Great post…

When I graduated, as a present my mom took all my frat shirts and had them made into a madras quilt. Don't think I've ever used it, but a cool nonetheless.

– Jeremiah

Drake - August 26, 2010 - 4:05 PM

I think I missed a great deal by going to college in Indiana, I got the shirts but missed the culture.

Sarah Cook - August 26, 2010 - 7:05 PM

Awww.. I was a freshman at Georgia Southern in 2004 and I remember those Superman shirts!

Main Line Sportsman - August 26, 2010 - 7:45 PM

Not a tradition at the Northern schools. At Lehigh we had 32 Fraternities and I never saw one of these during the 9 week long rush period.
I like them though…..

sweethomeamy - August 27, 2010 - 8:24 PM

Oh! Love it! Just seeing this post takes me back to my Greek days at Auburn! 🙂 Fall in the SEC is the best!

Orvis U.S. Patent Collection

Orvis has released their U.S. Patent Collection – a collection of historically significant pieces all made in America. There isn’t much in the collection that isn’t tough and cool; it’ll probably be in a rotation for many, many years, and only look better with age. Included in the collection are pieces by Gitman Brothers, Taylor […]

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RCS Likes: Steve Penley

H. Stockton held their Tailgate Party last weekend – which was a great time. Southern Proper was there displaying their latest collection (which looks great), The Varsity was serving their famous dogs and onion rings, and Coach Vince Dooley was there signing his book ‘Vince Dooley’s Garden – The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach’. […]

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Patagonia – Get it.

Patagonia’s annual Summer Sale is going on now – 30-60% off online and in their retail stores through August 23rd. Some of the goods: Retro X Fleece Jacket: $89 Phil’s Fleece Jacket – complete with the old school logo – $90 Tarpon T-shirt – $12 Anyone with Patagonia experience knows that this is a pretty […]

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RCS Likes: SP’s Town & Country

Excellent Fall offerings from our friends over at Southern Proper. These ties are from their ‘Town & Country’ line: Duck Boot Pocketknife Butterbean Well done, Ladies.

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DAM - August 20, 2010 - 4:33 AM

I have a feeling that Duck Boot will not only sell out, but be one of the most talked about prints of the season.

The Business End

For those of us that carry a briefcase everyday – specifically for a laptop – here are some options: (Clockwise from the top left): 1. Orvis Battenkill Briefcase 2. LL Bean Maine Guide Waxed Canvas Briefcase 3. J.W. Hulme Overnight Graystone Canvas Briefcase 4. Filson Briefcase 5. Boyt Shoulder Briefcase 6. Clava Briefcase Here’s mine: […]

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manifolddestiny - August 13, 2010 - 10:24 PM

Love that Battenkill. I got the Filson 257 for graduation and start work on Monday. Looking forward to putting some miles on it.

Silk Regimental - August 13, 2010 - 10:31 PM

I've been looking for a new case… mine is shot! I like the canvas & leather look.

Manifolddestiny — I wish you nothing but good fortune in your new career.

Ox Ac Uk - August 14, 2010 - 12:48 PM

I carry that same Battenkill for work for over a year now. Travel with it. It hauls a lot of stuff, including a laptop, and despite having its ass kicked on my daily commute it is holding up strong. I'm also seeing that fade in the canvas on the edges, which is my favorite feature.

Things Is Cool - August 15, 2010 - 7:28 AM

The last is a vintage bag made by Gokey.

JRS - August 15, 2010 - 12:13 PM

Manifold – You should take a picture today, then a year from now, then in another year…just to show the wear.

SR – Give it a try…

Ox – have you seen a lot of additional wear by traveling with it?

TIC – True. The wear will be similar.

Ox Ac Uk - August 15, 2010 - 4:44 PM

RCS – Not really. The long handles get bent up in the overhead compartment but are in fine shape when I take it out.

gringo jack - August 20, 2010 - 6:02 PM

Interesting post. It's timely for me, too.

I have a leather Johnston & Murphy that's over 20 years old. (That predates laptops, at least in my life.) My dad, who never went to college, gave it to me as a high school graduation gift. Of course, he didn't realize that I couldn't use it in college. He just thought an educated man carried a briefcase. I have been carrying laptops in it for about 7 or 8 years. Is there a point where "patina" gives over to "ruined"? If so, I belive it's close. Where can I find that Gokey bag?

Paul Cuenin - March 1, 2013 - 8:23 AM

I am a big fan of the filson one. Actually shopping right now for a more professional laptop bag because the one I have is a little too outdoorsy for the office.