Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Which Boat Mocs Do You Prefer?

Shoes provided by Quoddy.

This season, it is hard not to see a tremendous amount of tri-colored boat shoes.  What is your take on this, and has it impacted your buying decisions?
For example (to placate all of the data scientists out there), of these two Quoddy Boat Mocs, which do you prefer?  The Brown, or the Green/Navy/White?

To reduce the number of variables to one, these are the exact same shoes, offered for both Men and Women, using the same hand made , true moccasin construction, and of the same wonderful Horween leather, differing only in color.


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55 comments:

  1. I love both! If I had to choose one, I would choose brown.

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  2. For me, I'd prefer the tri-colored; my husband would prefer the brown. I could see him wearing the tri-colored mocs, but not in the colors offered currently. Perhaps if the white were a more muted color. --Holly in PA

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  3. Brown, for sure. The white on the Tri-Colored mocs is too antiseptic, hospital white.

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  4. Brown, absolutely. Classic never goes out of style.

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  5. I just received a pair of Quoddy boat shoes two weeks ago and they are terrific. Not the mocs, but they are brown. Not sure I would even consider the tri-color, though for women I think they look good.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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  6. Men need 2 pairs of brown; one for show on the street, and one pair salt crusted, never polished, for on the docks and onboard...
    The tri-colored would look good at the Las Vegas Yacht Club???
    For the Sailorettes, tri-colored anytime...

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  7. Brown, please. I'm way too old school.

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  8. My father had the red, white and blue Quoddys in 1976. I was completely humiliated.

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  9. The tri-color are a little aggressive--the shoe equivalent of a GTH pant. Some will like them for that, and others won't. For me, since I would demand that a $300 pair of boat shoes be truly superlative in their durability, anything white would be a no-go. Moreover, the tricolors don't seem like they would age well; colors that initially pop won't, in a few years. Brown, meanwhile, will only be enriched with wear and tear.

    I'm curious about the sole, and how it compares to that of Sperry and the like. They look a bit flimsy here, but I can't imagine you'd be wearing them out on the water if that were the case.

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  10. P.S.: I navigated over the Quoddy website after reading this post and, based on the "birch", selvedge denim, and white suede offerings, they're firmly in "new markets" territory. (While quality may not have yet dropped significantly, the price hikes, doubling (or more?) in a decade or so, kicked in long ago.)

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  11. Plain brown. I have never liked gimmicky styles.

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  12. Definitely the brown for me. I'm a less is more kind of gal. I like classic.

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  13. Who tied the laces on the tri-colored mocs? Those are Granny Knots!

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  14. As a man, I would say classic brown for sure!

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  15. The brown are so classic, but my favorites are the green and navy.

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  16. Gotta admit after decades of brown boat shoes and a brief flirtation with Keens for sailing a decade ago...I bought pink/navy/off-white boat shoes last summer. It's fun to look down at my feet and see my "girly" shoes.

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  17. If I were only to have one pair, I would go with brown. But of the 2, I like the tri-colored best. Since I already have brown boat shoes, I treated myself to a pair of red, white and blue this year. Must say I feel very daring when I wear them!

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  18. I would say the brown, but I do like the tri-color. I'm just not sure how much they would go with.

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  19. I got my first pair of Quoddy's for Christmas. They were the Boat Moc design with a vibram rubber sole. This has a very different fit and feel than the regular boat shoes. Recently I ordered their Makiseet Oxford with a camp sole that has still a different fit and feel. I like them all! I recommend finding a way to try them on before purchasing because of the variety of fits.

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  20. I've been on the verge of just such a decision lately. Having destroyed my entire Sperry lineup while living in the Florida Keys a few years ago, I've been putting it off. As I'll soon be out on the water again I'll need to invest in at least one pair for days on the lake. Personally, I would choose brown primarily for the sake of versatility. I must also admit that I prefer traditional colors, though. I recently ordered a pair of Sperry Angelfish shoes and was horrified when they arrived with glittery bits. Where would I wear that? I promptly sent them back. Perhaps I should try the Quoddy Mocs.

    Best,
    Kim

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  21. I currently have 4 pair of traditional brown, so to kick it up a bit, I'm going for the tri-color! Stepping out of my comfort zone . . , scotmiss

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  22. I'My practical and whimsical sides are battling amongst themselves-both styles are awesome in their own way!

    The tri-colors would go great with my old Hartford Whalers jersey!

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  23. B R O W N.

    And only B R O W N.

    [x] mature female voter from the coastal Southeast

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  24. Of the two, brown. Male, Gulf Coast.

    I recently ordered and received from Quoddy boat shoes in Chromexcel Natural with a Red Vibram sole. Really nice. The red sole makes them a bit different.

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  25. Not a fan of this particular model, but if I had to pick one, I'd go with the brown.

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  26. I think the tri-colored mocs are really fun for spring/summer. I'd stick with the traditional brown after summer. Just my opinion. : )

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  27. I can't get "on board" with tri-colored boat shoes. I love my (brown) boat shoes, but live/work in Manhattan, and the hard soles can be tough on the ankles. This year I had my shoes re-soled with vibram Evaflex soles. It's been smooth sailing ever since!

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  28. THREE-eye boat shoes? Ew. I have way more boat shoes than I need in too many versions of brown to pick the brown. But, if someone were shelling out that much for a pair, brown is the best choice. I would highly recommend Rancourt as a source of Made in Maine, handsewn shoes. They've been in business for a long time, have more classically styled options than Quoddy, a plethora of customizable features and extremely quick turnaround and delivery times. Better prices, too.

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  29. I live in the midwest, so boat mocs aren't particularly practical. I'm loving, however, my hi-tec hiking shoes.

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  30. The shoes are beautifully crafted. My favorite part was watching this video. I think everyone should be able to connect the products they purchase to the hands that they are made by. in doing so we can understand and appreciate their true value. maybe just maybe this "everything is disposable culture" will decline.

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  31. I prefer the traditional brown. They wear well with more outfits and I am practical.

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  32. I have Quoddy's in several styles. Love them all. The Vibram sole on the boat mocs is quite durable, and really allows a nice grip on wet decks. But, I feel it is important that all styles are able to be re-soled or repaired as needed. I also love Birkenstocks for the same reason.
    The Tri-color mocs are very nice and would be perfect for the man who wishes to compliment his GTHP !
    Like me !
    Cheers

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  33. Both look horrible! Wear Sebago! :-)

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  34. Brown. I'm not that into fuzzy dice.

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  35. For that price, I'd go with brown. The tri-colors are cute, but I'd put them in the "novelty" category not serious sailing gear.

    However, if I saw a pair of Sperrys or Sebagos like that on E-Bay, I'd snap 'em up for $50!

    SUCH a Yankee. Cain't help m'self!

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  36. I know Quoddy's are expensive, handmade, look comfortable, etc. and I should love them. However, I ordered one pair (granted; through J. Crew) and returned them. They were not made well enough to justify the cost.

    Also, there is something about this dark a brown which looks cheap. Much prefer boat shoes closer to the British Tan color. The tri-color is fun. Can't imagine what the white would look like if worn doing anything else other than going to the cocktail party held after the regatta.

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  37. I don't mean to be an old grouch, but I think when we move from brown, I have the same comment I made after viewing the early 60's J. Press brochure-, what has become of us. This may be an overstatement, but it is another example of lack of respect for tradition and another way to make a quick buck with a knockoff or making the "real McCoy" look like a knockoff.
    No harm, no foul if you decide against printing my rant.

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  38. Anonymous@8:17, I see what you mean.

    I'm torn between your perspective and the one I have always held: That an occasional twist on tradition is desirable. Sometimes we need to take a tradition and make it our own.

    I think I'm beginning to see the respect for traditional viewpoint.

    They are only shoes. But still, some traditions are worth holding on to.

    Buy the way, I've always heard that two-eyed shoes are easier to kick off fast. Is that the reason they are so prevalent vs. the three-holed variety picture here?

    Argette

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  39. I like both, because I like the colors and they are fresh looking, great for Spring and Summer, but because I too am a Traditionalist I would chose the brown- classic, versatile, timeless

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  40. @Anonymous 8:02 - So, if in Boston, pretending to go sailing is going out of fashion, what are your colleagues going to pretend to do next? And if pretending to go sailing is going out of fashion, what are poor Kiel and Sarah going to pretend to do now? I am not even going to ask you what you really wear around boats, as that does not seem to be your area of expertise.

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  41. Sorry

    Heard a lot of good things about Rancourt boat shoes

    How do they compare with the Quoddys

    Many thanks

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  42. So the Ficker knot is preferable to the aforementioned Granny knot? I like the Ficker knot since the laces on my Top-Siders are always too long and it easily solves that problem. LLB has tri-colors too. cheers!

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  43. Now to be really louche, and be able to kick your boat shoes off (or put 'em on without bending over, if you're now of a certain age!), in school the fad was to make a loop of each lace, then wrap the remainder around and around and finally pull the end through the loop to make an "acorn" knot on each side. I still do this. It's probably Vintage Preppy Nerd . . . but convenient! Anybody else used to do this?

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  44. Greenfield, that's funny. I haven't thought about that Acorn knot in years but everyone used to do it at my middle school. I wonder why you don't see it anymore.

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  45. Greenfield--you mean like this?:

    http://www.sperrytopsider.com/sperry/images/us/All/Other/barrellace.pdf

    I could never get mine to look nice and neat, drove me crazy!

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  46. @Will,

    It depends on the season. During the wintry months in New England, it's customary to sport the Patagonia Down Sweater even if you've never bothered driving North of the Pike. Ski Racks on the Volvo Wagon are optional but I'm sure a nice expensive model will certainly enhance one's social standing with people who care about these things.

    In the Fall, no self-respecting poser should do without a vintage Barbour waxed riding coat or hunting coat or shopping for Edwardian antiques in charming leafy farm town jacket. The Burberry Scarf should only be worn with the understated warmth of a J. Press Shaggy Dog. Most traditionalist prefer the School Boy Scarves in Exeter Crimson or Choate Blue perhaps.

    Spring? Red Sox hat in Brahmin Blue. No variations or exceptions would do. If you live in Connecticut, Evil Empire gear if you must.

    The lesson is that the mainstream can ruin and vulgarize a good thing. Look what happened to LL Bean!

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  47. Anonymous 7:49 - LOL! Your comment made my day! And Flo, great find! And Greenfield, when are you going to do a guest post?

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  48. I've not owned Quoddy, for many years preferring Chatham deck shoes from the UK. However, a sailing chum acquired Quoddy boat shoes several years ago. He absolutely believes they are the shoe we should all aspire to use whilst sailing. Therefore, during my next trip across the pond I shall purchase a pair. I doubt I shall purchase the tri-color, however.

    Lucan (across the pond)

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  49. Flo: Yup! That's the one, but leaving that little extra end sticking out like a lobster's whisker won't do.

    Muffy, thank you for the offer of a guest post(!), but I am among those dreadful bores who prefer invisibility over transparency. ;)

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  50. Quoddys are made to order. If shoes are important to you, they are worth the wait. They are not cheap, but the price is what you pay and lasting value is what you get. In many of their models, Quoddy uses top quality Horween leather from Chicago. The Horween website describes in detail their treatment of leather for fine shoes, jackets, etc. One of the great things about having a custom set of shoes ordered, is that they can usually accommodate varied widths and sizes. If you are one of the fortunate ones whose feet are exactly the same size and a medium width, this is not a big deal, but for the rest of us, it is. Rancourt is another great New England company with outstanding customer service and fine products. Buy from them while you can. This is American craftsmanship at its finest.

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  51. Neither, I live inland and do not sail therefor won't wear such a shoe. Wellies and muck boots yes. Waxed coats and barn coats of course. How many preppies in the NE actually have a barn? Not many I suspect and just visiting the Farmer's Market doesn't count.

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  52. @anonymous at 1:37

    The Quoddys don't really take long at all. The website says 3-4 weeks, but in my case that was an overestimate. I ordered a pair of boat shoes on May 5th. They were shipped on May 16 and I received them in Connecticut on May 20th. Total time from placing order to receipt was two weeks and one day. Pretty prompt for handmade shoes. And, I love them. I am already thinking about a pair of bluchers.

    BTW, they were brown.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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  53. I'm not a sailor, but I love boat shoes because not only are they practical, but very comfortable as well. I was having terrible foot trouble last fall, but it has cleared up since I switched back to boat shoes, the support in them must be in all the right places.

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  54. Oh! What memories of trying to perfect the "acorn" knot - I'll have to see if I 'still have the skill' . . .

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  55. Quoddys and Rancourt are both high quality products. Very good customer service with Rancourt in my experience.

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