Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Time To Break Out The Boots

I saw these at Freemans Sporting Club last Spring but by the time I found them it was too late in the season to wear them.

I think they look like the lovechild of a moccasin and a pair of Air Jordans.

Has anyone worn these?
What do I need to know?


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  1. Anonymous

    January 2, 2008 at 10:44 am

    those are made by quoddy in maine. they make some of the best moc’s, blucher moc’s and boat shoes you will find, all by hand. they do custom work also, i think you should check them out.

  2. Anonymous

    January 2, 2008 at 11:08 am

    might be more like high-top chuck taylors + mocassins. Love them!

  3. McTickle

    January 2, 2008 at 11:13 am

    of course you could use these in the summer. Look at the soles! They’re the perfect substitute for water skis!

  4. Anonymous

    January 2, 2008 at 11:34 am

    nice looking boots. I think I’ll buy a pair.

  5. JulietB

    January 2, 2008 at 11:53 am

    And in a very similar style do check out the ‘Andre’ boot by ShoFolk, the footwear off-shoot of UK brand Folk.

  6. amed studio

    January 2, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Those boots look cool. But you’ll want to know that city pavements eat natural gum rubber soles like that in minutes. Literally. So they’re a great choice to wear on soft ground in the country, but you’ll be re-soling them once a year if you wear them in town.

    Harder Vibram lug soles stand up better to urban terrain.

  7. tintin

    January 2, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    There are some great looking bluchers on the Quoddy web site. Been looking for some but nothing comes close to the LL Bean model from the 80s sadly discontinued. Thanks for the lead.

    Schu, I figured you for a Tods kinda guy when it came to waterproof boots.

  8. Anonymous

    January 2, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    man those boots are ugly. get rid of them.

  9. Delilah Garside

    January 2, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    All you need to know is that those are flipping fabulous.

  10. Anonymous

    January 2, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    What you need to know?
    never with a tux ;-) !!!!

  11. aidametallives

    January 2, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    yup, quoddy in maine- my husband had a pair made for about $200 last year and loves them to bits. They let you choose the materials, so you can customise the shoe to how you see fit.

  12. Gabriela

    January 2, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    They are very special endeed! It is the kind of shoe that the more you wear it, the better it looks. If they genuanly fit in one’s style, the’ll be a great buy for the season.

  13. alex

    January 2, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    they are quoddy; they take forever to arrive in the mail; by that time you realize they are ugly as sin and wish you had some de-soled doc martens instead

  14. Kine

    January 2, 2008 at 2:47 pm

  15. Kevin

    January 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    These are the Quoddy Trail Grizzly boots. They are wonderfully comfortable everything is made by hand. A wonderful investment.

  16. shuboy

    January 2, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    You NEED to know about Timberland Boot Company’s Tackhead Winter Workboot. I’ve got on a pair right now and they’re rockin’ my newly snow-filled life.
    Picked up mine at Barney’s.

  17. sammy wammy

    January 2, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    …or the lovechild of a pair of redwings and a pair of over-ripe camembert cheeses.

  18. Austin

    January 2, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    i have a similar pair of borns i love! they work great untied with the laces tucked inside.

    somone did make a good point about the soles in a cement jungle.. maybe a shoe repair shop could add some harder rubber tacks on the balls and heels? something like that.

  19. Isabella

    January 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    What a great buy!

    If the soles are natural rubber you should watch out for any kinds of oils on the street though, since this will litterally dissolve them.

  20. namhenderson

    January 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Wow great looking shoes..

  21. yamarocksta

    January 2, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    i still think red wings are the best boots around. but that would be because of some jap star influence. dr martens’ great as well. Other boots just dont have the history to match

  22. Gabriel

    January 3, 2008 at 4:08 am


    First, those are cool but can, with a cut here, and a lil sandpaper there, be officially ‘fresh.’

    If I got hold of those I would: cut them in between the 3rd and 2nd hole (from the top). Next, I would sandpaper the unevenness that the cut left behind.

    Because they are high tops and kinda remind me of my Chuck Taylors, you can tuck your pants/jean into them on a casual or rainy day. You can even spray them with water repellent.

    I’d also trim the laces.

    They kinda look like these:

    But that’s just what I’d do.

  23. Gabriela

    January 3, 2008 at 4:30 am

    Oh! Looking at this post again, it reminded me of a shop I found in Amsterdam, they make nice shoes and bags. -Specially nice for children.

    Their web page is worth taking a look:

  24. Anonymous

    January 3, 2008 at 7:47 am

    a.p.c. makes a much better looking pair.

  25. Anonymous

    January 3, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Spray them with the waterproofing stuff. And then use Mink Oil to bring them back to life after a hard day on NYC streets. Mink Oil is really a secret weapon on the leather front. Highly recommended. It has resurrected many a handbag from the back of my closet.

  26. Jamie Watson

    January 3, 2008 at 11:16 am

    What you need to know is that you need to wear them on a trip to Big Sur, California. Wear them in the morning sipping your coffee on the Big Sur River, and wear them for lunch at the Post Ranch. You’ll know what to do.

  27. Jeremy

    January 3, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Make sure that there is enough insulation and support between your foot and the ground, boots like this can be cold and tiring when pounding the pavement. Also, water proofing is essential. They are cool though.

    When I was about 10 I really wanted what I called a pair of “moccasin boots”. Laced up like these but without the rubber on the sole, just leather. I was thrilled when I got them and wore them out in the snow tobogganing. Walked with friends all the way to the hill, stayed for a few hours and then back. Froze my ***** off! Coldest darn things I ever wore in the winter! Felt every stone or ice chip & they started to get wet. My fantasy of the perfect winter boot as handed down from the natives vanished before my eyes. Live and learn.

  28. Anonymous

    January 3, 2008 at 5:11 pm


    The are Quoddy Grizzly Boots,

    you can buy the from there store,

    Just dont forgett to choose the Bottom you want (Leather, Rubber or Pads)

    another thing, if you treat them right, they will look better and better for each year.


  29. Elise

    January 4, 2008 at 8:19 am

    They look like my Clarks Wallabees,
    Nice shoes!

  30. MetalFace

    January 5, 2008 at 2:58 am

    Ok, don’t do what gabriel said. Just leave them alone. Use some Pecard’s leather Dressing or Obenauf’s when you first get them, not mink oil. After that, just wear ‘em. They’ll be beautiful in about a year, and will only get better, if properly cared for.

  31. adian

    January 5, 2008 at 4:32 am

    i would say a clear fashion faux pas… despite the fact they look very very comfortable….

  32. Jen

    January 5, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    As yes, typically worn by old men that have to get up early in the morning to plow the driveway. Great for the slushy stuff.

    I’d recommend wearing them with jeans that you’ve walked all over the backs of so that they’re shredded, some longjohns that you slept in, and a big old sweater that your wife knit for you. Don’t forget a ski jacket, snow gloves, and a handknit hat. And a beard, preferably with white and grey hairs in it. Hott.

  33. [email protected]

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 am

    They are amazing! I have a store in London and we have been working with Quoddy for the last few months, they are probably the most comfortable boot/shoe I have worn. Definitely check them out.


  34. gila

    January 8, 2008 at 1:45 am

    cool shoes. :)

    i love leather shoes in shades of brown with that type of rubber sole.

    i have a lace-up pair by Kors, a zip-up pair by Via Spiga, and a boot pair by Franco Sarto.

    incidentally, what IS that type of rubber called?

  35. carrie

    January 9, 2008 at 11:53 am

    I agree with metalface. No minkoil. Obenaufs is a miracle worker. I use it on ALL my leathers! I think the boots are pretty cool. But im not thinkning id appreciate pants tucked into them!

  36. Anonymous

    January 10, 2008 at 11:28 pm



  37. ek

    January 11, 2008 at 11:21 am

    I imagine they’d be good for their intended purpose; that is, doing stuff in Maine. I’ve thought about a pair thinking they might make good canoeing shoes. Especially when you have to do a lot of portaging. The soles look just about right for different conditions.

    But just wearing them on the street is akin to wearing driving moccasins on a casual stroll. They don’t seem to be constructed for that and would seem to wear prematurely.

  38. Anonymous

    January 13, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Yeah I have seen someone wear these…wait where was it?? Oh yeah! Ronald McDonald wears them all the time! He is sooo fashionable!

  39. Bill

    February 2, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    I love these. I’ve been searching for something like LL Beans canoe moccasins mentioned above to no avail until I stumbled on this site. I also found Camper Shoes They are made in spain and have a huge selection if you search on I’d love to find a pair in canvas. Apparently someone else liked my LL Beans too. They were stolen from my front porch.

  40. ian

    February 8, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    my friend set up a display of the similar looking shofolk boots for folk clothing in the london department store liberty. he styled them with hiking socks rolled over the jeans, then the next day kanye west rolled into his office requesting the look, socks n all, and with inquiries to whether he could have his moniker embossed on the side..

  41. Philip

    February 15, 2009 at 4:25 am

    Yuketen make a very similar boot in many different colourways, but they don’t carry stock, you’d have to get them made to order.


  42. Nicole S

    April 29, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Nice article. These boots are really amazing and it has lovely color combination. They are very comfortable to wear and look more trendy and cool.

  43. Lambert Lo

    January 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

    These boots are really amazing!!! take it home!!

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