Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
If you’re looking for a new pair of casual boots, it’s hard to go wrong with a pair of moc-toes. They’re comfortable, versatile, and variable enough that you can have multiple pairs in your rotation. Whether you’re looking for a simple boot for your workwear outfits or something flashy to give your streetwear fits a bit more kick, moc toes are a fun direction to go.
1) Quoddy: Wabanaki in Ebony Brown Chamois
Over the last few years Quoddy has become one of the most popular Made in the USA handsewn companies due to their high quality construction and slightly 0ut-there designs. Their Wabanaki boot might not be one of their most unique designs, but it is still a pleasant change of pace from more ordinary handsewns. It’s constructed using Horween’s Chamois leather and a coagulated latex sole.
Available for $196 from Need Supply.
2) Red Wing: 8882 Moc Toe in Indigo Portage
Red Wing’s moc-toe boots aren’t “true” moc toes since they don’t use moccasin construction — rather, they’re part of a family of boots that I like to refer to as mock-mocs. Regardless, they are a great option if you are looking to get a pair of boots with textural stitching on the vamp. This pair is made from one of Red Wing’s newest leathers, Indigo Portage, which is certainly more eye catching than many of their standard colors.
Available for $339 from End Clothing.
3) Visvim: Grizzly Boots Mid-Folk in Black
These Visvim Grizzly Boots not only feature hand sewn moc-toes, but also hand sewn side panels — a small detail, but certainly something that sets this pair apart from the pack. Compared to many of Visvim’s boots, these are rather simplistic, but that’s their beauty. They’re simple enough to blend in when you want them to blend in, but unique enough to standout when that’s what you want.
Available for $1029 from Haven Shop.
4) New England Outerwear Co: Quarter Boot in Tan Acadia
New England Outwear Co. is quickly gaining traction with handsewn aficionados, and it’s no surprise as to why. Their boots are simple and not over-designed, a trap that many handsewn companies seem to fall into. And their leather choices are spot on — I’m particularly fond of the lightly pebbled Tan Acadia leather they chose for this pair.
Available for $228 from Freeman Seattle.
5) Alden: Bartlett Indy Boot in Green Hunting Suede
Perhaps the most famous mock-moc of all is the Alden Indy Boot. The vamp stitching on Indy boots is completely aesthetic, which makes this style rather divisive. Regardless, the mock stitching on Indy’s really makes the boot, and it keeps them looking sleeker than that moc-toe boots with structurally stitched vamps.
Available for $530 from Unionmade Goods.
Plus One – Yuketen: Hunt Boots in Brown
Yuketen’s Hunt Boots are pretty simplistic in design, all things considered. In fact, you can find similar 6″ boots from most handsewn companies. But what you can’t find is their wrapped crepe soles. Designed with comfort in mind, the crepe toe and heel plugs are sure to keep your feet happy not matter how long you’re wearing your boots.
Available for £220 from Aphrodite 1994.