Lately I have been on the hunt for a pair of casual shoes. These shoes need to serve multiple purposes. They need to be work appropriate, wearable during bad weather days (so they need a rubber sole), and I would like to be able to wear them on the weekend as well. Too add to this list, summer is coming and I would also like to be able to wear them with the occasional pair of shorts which means they have to be able to look good without socks. I know that this is a lot to ask, but what can I say, I have high expectations.
I did a quick search of the web to get some ideas, but I already had a good idea that blucher camp moccasins wold best suit my needs. I really like the classic styling of the camp moc. Plus, they will not look out of place at work with chinos, out on the weekend with friends, or even sock-less with shorts. I prefer camp mocs with a blucher lacing style. Bluchers are shoes that have a tongue that is one piece and the quarters (where the eyelets are) come up on both sides. This allows for the shoe to come up further on the top of your fit and this type of support is more comfortable to me. I came up with a few different pairs blucher camp mocs to look into after a little bit of searching.
The first camp moc that came to mind was the L.L. Bean Blucher moccasin. This is one of L.L Beans’s most iconic shoes. Their Blucher Camp Moc is priced at $69.00 and comes in three colors with saddle being the hands-down favorite. However, I found a ton of negative reviews on the internet. Most of the complaints focused on the plastic-like leather and the general discomfort of the shoe. I also looked at the L.L. Bean signature version which is priced at $69.00 dollars as well, but I heard the same complaints about this version. So, I kept looking.
Eastland-Limited Edition Falmouth Camp Moc (image from Eastland).
It also comes in navy, grey suede, acorn suede (grey and acorn are Urbanoutfitters exclusive)
There are three other versions of the blucher camp moc that are still in the running. These are the Eastland Men’s Falmouth Limited Edition Camp Moc $120, the regular Men’s Falmouth Camp Moc $90, and the Sebago Campsides $110. I have heard good things about the Sebago’s and I am asking for some feedback on the Eastlands. Hopefully,within the next month or two I will make a purchase and can write-up a review. However, at these prices I am starting to wonder if I can find two lower priced shoes two fulfill my needs. On second thought, I may have to give the L.L. Bean mocs a try, who knows!