When I first opened my Quoddy Dawson Mocs I was struck by two things: how heavy they were and how extraordinary beautifully and toughly constructed they seemed. Just feeling the weight in my hands I assumed it would take a month or two to break in.
In fact, it took less than five minutes.
Almost immediately the seemingly unbendable leather became pliant. In the last month I have worn almost no other shoe. The Dawson Mocs have completely replaced my never-broken-in Bean Camp Mocs.
These are somewhat reminiscent of my Cole-Haans driving mocs from twenty five years ago, but so much better. And while I always wore those without socks, these are perfect with my thick Ragg socks.
|They have a leather sole....|
|These shoes have gone everywhere from docks to the woods to town in five New England states. And best of all, they are made in Maine and it shows.|
The Quoddy Men's Boat Shoe is a classic model with three eyelets. But that is where the comparisons to ordinary boat shoes end.
So many shoes currently available, either because of the mass production techniques, cheap materials, or unskilled workers, stop fighting the feet they sheathe only when they are near death. But these hearty boat shoes seemingly live to serve.
|These have completely replaced the Sperrys.|
|I love that Maine-made Quoddy shoes are exported and sold all over the world. They are a perfect ambassador of New England.|
These Quoddys have earned their way into the highest tier of items that we own. They are uplifting to experience. Other items in this category include our Lotuff bags, Barbour waxed jackets, Guernsey sweaters and Swans Island blankets. While expensive, all are designed and made with great thought and care, and when you have them, you simply want no others. And because they last a very, very long time, that is a good thing indeed.