Midsummer Moccasins

Comfy, casual alternatives to the boat shoe

An update to the ubiquitous boat shoe, mocs combine slip-on appeal with a style nod to the original outdoorsmen. For options that lend laid-back looks without putting you in Phish fan territory, check out these current favorites.


Our friends at Furni recently partnered with a Canadian family-owned business with over forty years experience in Native American handcrafts to produce their “Rockassins.” Featuring three eyelets in the instep, these shoes offer better ventilation for hot summer days. Due to the nature of their production—handmade to order by Huron indians—they will only be available for a short time, until 4 August 2011. They can be ordered on Furni’s website for $98 per pair.


Ken Diamond’s Lowbowski in Brick moccasins are 100% handmade with deer leather and a crepe sole. Stitched with master craftsmanship, few mocs offer the same comfort and style. Order from Ken Diamond for $295.


Quoddy’s Dawson Moccasin guarantees ‘guts to last a lifetime.’ Fully equipped with thick and supple Chromepack leather, they hug your feet and wear into a custom fit. A collar lace allows for heel adjustment to prevent blisters. The moccasins are available with Chromepack or crepe soles, both replaceable, the latter being best for wet weather. Available in the Quoddy Store for $300.