Would you wear these?

Discussion in 'Gear & Footwear' started by Bill B, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. Bill B Barefooters

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    What do you think as a pair of general purpose, maybe colder weather running?
    http://www.arrowmoc.com/pt.html
    Personally, the jury's out. Am thinking about it though. Already have a couple pairs of Arrow mocs, great foot ware!

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  2. Eldon Lee Barefooters
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    no

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  3. Sid Barefooters

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    These seem pretty straightforward. Maybe go to Tandy and make your own?

    No. The toebox is too narrow for me. I don't like the styling. It doesn't get cold enough in FL to require running shoes.
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    Not a fan of the look of those...those are a bit too old school for me. The Two tie moc and Canoe moc look great though.

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    I don't think you can just buy that thickness of leather and those are not too narrow...you can send them an outline of your foot to get the fitting right. I agree I dont need them for running where I live either but none the less they are great moccasins.

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    The toe box looks narrow. That would hurt my toes.

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  8. Bill B Barefooters

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    I agree that I can send a outline of my foot to get the size right. I have the 3 lace and bush boot, they fit very well. I do agree with the old school look, but I live in the country, only farmers and ranchers out here!;)

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  9. Sid Barefooters

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    In truth, I ordered my hide online. Love it. It's like buttah. http://www.ebay.com/sch/acs_trading_post/m.html
    Due to an inability to get properly fitting shoes with my specific feet, I'm familiar with shoemaking. That type of lacing will either be too narrow for me, due to my bunions and adductovarus, or fall off.

    So yes, too narrow (or fall off), for me.
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    I would wear this style of shoes if I made them myself to fit my feet. I would most certainly not buy them.
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    On my head ;)

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    I agree with most of the comments about too narrow of a toe box, but it is hard to tell from the one supplied pic were you can't even see the other half of the toe box. If that is for the left foot (so we are looking at the outside edge) and the other side you can't see curves out a bit for more room, well then maybe. They seem a little pricey for what they are though. I don't think they have anything quite that style, but for a simple leather moc-style shoe Soft Star makes many models. I haven't tried there more moc-ish ones, but the dashes I got are wonderful, very soft leather, and wide enough for me (at least the first pair, my second seems a bit narrower and I haven’t worn them much yet to see), and they can be made with a leather sole too if you don't want rubber.

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    The price is way higher now than back a few years ago when I bought mine...the worth value can be determined later after you have them for awhile.
    I really hesitate to talk about much of any footware in a positive light but Arrow mocs of any style I can recommend for the quality alone. They are plain and simple footware at the basically highest quality and expensive thats for sure. Being to narrow is not an issue ...send them the outline of your foot...the pictures they have are not what your foot would look like.

    Making your own footware would be even better in my view but maybe best to start out with cheaper lower quality leather until you get the skills to make proper footware fit then seek out the better quality leathers.

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  14. Bill B Barefooters

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    Unfortunately that's the only pic of them i could find and I did look!

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  15. Sid Barefooters

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    http://www.google.com/search?q=pucker toe moccasin&source=lnms&tbm=isch

    One can make them out of felt first for fitting, then disassemble them to use as patterns.

    There are several custom moccasin companies, and they all seem to offer quality products at justifiable prices. Buying the same quality materials to do it yourself is actually more expensive than buying a pair, due to the investment in materials and tools.

    Tandy does sell these kits. Can't say how well they hold up.
    https://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/moccasin-kits.aspx
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    I'd have to see that on a foot, securely fastened. Just from the one photo, it looks like they rely on grasping the toes, in which case I wouldn't want them. Also, having a composition of multiple layers underfoot can be unnecessarily stiff if they're fastened together.

    My favorite shoe is the Altra Adam. It's just a single layer (rubber) underfoot. I'm fairly happy with its functionality. However, it's apparently been discontinued so, eventually I'll need to look for a different shoe.

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  17. scedastic Barefooters

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    That was my thought; even if they are made to fit the width of a foot, they are gathering around the toes. I like to spread mine.
    However, they look cute to me for casual wear.
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  18. Eldon Lee Barefooters
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    My family has made moccasins for generations, out of neccesity, never for fashion. They were made to last as long as possible. Way way back they made sandals with woven yucca leaves, The bottoms were thick softened cowhide, the tops were suede and buckskin. sometimes goat. in the winter they wrapped up with sheep or goat skin. I still have one of the last pairs my grandfather made. I know for a fact they never cost $150... and they look way better than any of these...

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  19. Hobbit Barefooters
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    Hi Eldon,
    By any chance - did your grandfather teach you how to make them? If yes, would you mind to share this precious knowledge with us? :)
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  20. Eldon Lee Barefooters
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    I wish I had been so lucky... My grandfather died when i was just a kid.

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