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Quoddy moccasins

selvedgepenny loaferQuoddy moccasinsThere are moccasins, and then there are Quoddy mocs. I thought I knew all the vintage names–Minnetonka, Weejuns, Sebago, et al.—until I came across the Q word embossed on the insole of a plain ol’ pair of black penny loafers. Hand sewn in Maine for over 100 years, Quoddy takes its name and its traditional craftsmanship from the native Passamaquoddy of Downeast Maine. These mocs are gloves for your feet made soles ‘n all from flexible, durable leather that molds to its wearer rather than forcing the foot to accommodate it. Because of its pieced construction, leather panels can easily be replaced as needed for a lifetime of use. Started in 1909 by Harry Smith, Quoddy once sold through historic Maine outfitters like L.L.Bean. Now the company remains headquartered in Perry on the Passamaquoddy Bay with its manufacturing in downstate Lewiston, and its shoes are carried by J.Crew, Need Supply Co., Unionmade, and a number of specialty boutiques. Of course, you can also have your pair made to order through Quoddy’s website, which indicates that if you don’t find what you’re looking for in the colorful selection of boat shoes and boots and loafers that have been added to the traditional moccasins, then they just might make it especially for you–but allow four to six weeks to get them. The above sampling were some of my faves from their website.

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