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Monday, January 17, 2022

Camp Mocs

 

Camp Mocs for Women and Men

Camp Mocs, short for Camp Moccasins, are a classic casual slip-on shoe for men and women.  Flattering and easier than boat shoes, they are perfect for business casual when new and for everyday wear when older.   They were invented by Leon L. Bean, and L.L. Bean first introduced these shoes in 1936.

With white soles, they can be worn on boat decks.   A red sole is a fine alternative for autumn.  They can be worn with or without socks.     

A reader asks:

Quick (and unrelated) question for the SWNE community/Muffy. Quoddy or Rancourt for camp mocs? Weighing the canoe shoe and Gilman moc respectively. Any opinions out there? Thanks!

Women's Version

Horizontal lacing around the throat makes it easy to tailor the fit while preserving the ease of a slip-on.

Women's Version

 

Photo Credits:  Muffy Aldrich

23 comments:

  1. What make are the white soled ones in the main photo please?

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  2. I wear Bean camp Mocs most of my waking hours outside the house.

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    1. I would too if they were more comfortable. Maybe they need about 10 more years of abuse to make them that way, as in photo #2 above. If so, it'll be a race to see who gets done first, me or the mocs.

      Down-thread there's a comment about asking Quoddy (I don't have those, but maybe I should) to add padded heel and arch support. THAT might well deal with my chief argument against the Beanmocs.

      Meanwhile, it's Clark's Portlands day in day out. I have 3 pair that I wear in succession, and this too will be a race to see who falls apart first.

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  3. I do not have Quoddy camp mocs, but I do have their Maliseets. My son has Rancourt camp mocs, and since we are the same shoe size I have had the opportunity to try them. I find the Quoddy chromexcel more flexible and out of the box comfortable and the Rancourts a little more nicely finished. I do not think there is a bad choice to be made between them.

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  4. Owning both, here is how I would compare them: if walking around the house and for short distances outside, Quoddy is appropriate. If walking any greater distance, the much better support of Rancourt causes me to reach for Rancourt every time.

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    1. I would concur. I decided to purchase a pair of Quoddy's, and while they look great, I was surprised at how tight they are. It's taken much longer to stretch them out than I anticipated, but I guess that's because of the good-quality leather. I'm hoping that over the next season they will stretch out, because they do look good. But, they are/were not as comfortable as I anticipated.

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  5. I was quite stunned by how much I loved my Quoddys. And they're beautiful, too.

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  6. I recently spoke with a sales person at Quoddy and she suggested that i add a note to my order “padded heel and arch support” - needless to say, my new shoes are perfect and I can wear them in the city for hours with no pain. I’m not sure if Rancourt can add this extra service or not. I would order again from Quoddy without question.

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    1. Good to know. I love to walk so I put some mileage on my shoes. Unfortunately I have high arches. The simpler interior finishing of the Quoddy has always scared me off and toward Rancourt. I have no complaints with the latter, but always nice to have options.

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  7. My Quoddy canoe Mocs are my most favorite shoes ever!

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  8. Does anyone use mink oil/polish to preserve their mocs for longer wear (I'm military so there is an element of that in why I do)? I always see people with polished/new camp mocs and in the very few pics of well-worn camp mocs, they seem worn in a way that they weren't well cared for.

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    1. I use Obenauf's leather preservative (not the oil), and of all my boots, I think it works best on boat shoes. I've never used mink oil, nor any of the other boot dressings.

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    2. I should add that a little goes a long ways. Too much will attract dirt and grit. It keeps the shoes from looking dried out.

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  9. I’ve found the Rancourt Gilman Camp-Mocs in Dark Brown Buckaroo are closest to the Bean ones I used to wear at boarding school in the 80s. Once they’re broken in, they’re great!

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    1. Based on your recommendation I ordered a pair of these and they happened to be in stock. I've received them already. Marvelous shoe! Actually nicer in the proverbial flesh than in the photographs online. Thank you.

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  10. Our Bean and Quoddy are time proven winners! Thank you so much!

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  11. I'm sorry to say I've given up on Quoddy. Their shoes are beautiful but their fit and sizing are all over the place. To the poster above who is "surprised at how tight they are" and hoping they will stretch out: I wish you luck. Quoddy's moccasins tend to have a short vamp and very tight toe box. In my experience (again, with their moccasins, not lace-up shoes), they run at least a half-size small and one width too narrow. That said, a couple of times I've adjusted my order accordingly and then, Murphy's Law, received a pair that was true to size...and, theoretically, not returnable because they were made to order. I would suggest ordering them from a place like O'Connell's, where they are stocked and you can easily try different sizing options. That way you also avoid the customer service issues that have plagued Quoddy for quite some time (extraordinary wait times, unreturned emails, lost orders, etc.).

    I think the Rancourt Gilmans are great. I find that the Quoddys have a more flexible leather and attractive finish, while the Rancourts have a bit more structure to them and so hold their shape much better over time. Depends what you prefer.

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    1. Too tight, too narrow — that's my experience with the Bean mocs with the boat-shoe sole. Plus the toe box is, as with your Quoddys, narrower than I find comfortable.

      Bottom line for me is that if I'm not in a position to try them on in a store with a variey of sizes/widths in stock, I'm not ordering them. And that principle holds for all shoes I buy now.

      C'est la vie.

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    2. Sadly, I also find that true of Quoddy. The leather is superb, but having to order them from overseas...well, first of all, one is redirected to the European Quoddy site, which has a very limited selection, and then I found that the sizing was a bit off and a bit on the snug side, despite my having ordered a slightly larger size. I hardly ever use them, as a result and they're not cheap. I ended up ordering a pair of Dubarry's boat shoes (which are true boat shoes, I hasten to add), and am very happy with them. I hadn't known about Rancourt's and will try them at some point.

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  12. My puppy recently chewed on my last pair of LL Bean camp mocs. So sad as LL Bean no longer makes them for women. Not quite as nice as Quoddy but more affordable.

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  13. Beautiful although I'm okay with my Sperrys.

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  14. I've worn Bean, Quoddy, and Sperry models over the years and became tired of Sperry and Quoddy's inconsistent level of quality. Needing a narrow slip-last with good arch support, I am quite satisfied with Eastland for my camp mocs. Eastland also offers a choice of imported or made in the USA with fair prices.

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