June
16
2014
By
of Valet.
Seasonal Staple

The Easygoing
All-Occasion Shoe

Inspired by handmade Native American moccasins, Leon Leonwood Bean aimed to make a shoe that was as comfortable as it was durable. His camp moc debuted in 1936 with leather laces, a rubber sole for support and a flexible hand-sewn upper that conformed to your foot as you wore it. Three quarters of a century later, the design remains relatively unchanged and L.L. Bean's camp moc by is still one of the best bargains for your money. And it's gone on to inspire other brands to take on the moccasin in a range of styles and leathers—from the Parisian blue Chromexcel used by Quoddy to the white Vibram sole Eastland used on their latest Made in Maine style. The key is to buy a quality made pair that will stand up through months of warm weather and sockless wear. What could be fresher with your summer kit, from washed jeans and shorts to proper chinos or a cotton suit?

 
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    Here are the craftsmen from Rancourt & Co., hand-stitching the leather with needles and waxed thread to create the signature moccasin upper.
 
 

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