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Wednesday, January 02, 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?

Comments on "Time To Break Out The Boots"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:08 AM) : 

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


Blogger McTickle said ... (11:13 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:34 AM) : 

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


Anonymous JulietB said ... (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.


Anonymous amed studio said ... (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.


Blogger tintin said ... (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.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:32 PM) : 

man those boots are ugly. get rid of them.


Blogger Delilah Garside said ... (12:37 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:08 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.


Blogger Gabriela said ... (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.


Anonymous alex said ... (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


Anonymous Kine said ... (2:47 PM) : 

Quoddy grizzly boots:


Anonymous Kevin said ... (3:10 PM) : 

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


Anonymous shuboy said ... (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.


Blogger sammy wammy said ... (4:01 PM) : 

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


Blogger Austin said ... (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.


Anonymous Isabella said ... (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.


Blogger namhenderson said ... (10:17 PM) : 

Wow great looking shoes..


Anonymous yamarocksta said ... (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


Blogger Gabriel said ... (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.


Blogger Gabriela said ... (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:


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:47 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.


Blogger Jamie Watson said ... (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.


Blogger Jeremy said ... (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.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.



Anonymous Elise said ... (8:19 AM) : 

They look like my Clarks Wallabees,
Nice shoes!


Anonymous MetalFace said ... (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.


Blogger adian said ... (4:32 AM) : 

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


Blogger Jen said ... (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.


Anonymous said ... (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.



Blogger gila said ... (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?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:30 PM) : 

they are my absolutely favorite pair of shoes I have ever owned...I bought mine at an amazing little shop called albam...they also do them in a blue version.


Blogger carrie said ... (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!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:28 PM) : 




Blogger ek said ... (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.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.


Blogger ian said ... (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..


Blogger Philip said ... (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.



Anonymous Nicole S said ... (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.


Anonymous Lambert Lo said ... (10:06 AM) : 

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


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