We took a week off, but here’s the next feature in our guest blogger series. There’s no shortage of classic menswear based blogs out there right now, but for our money Start With Typewriters is one of the best. SWT’s approach is decidedly light-hearted, going against the po-faced grain that’s gaining popularity.

Another reason we like Start With Typewriters is their ‘wear and tear’ series, where they take a look at what happens when you’ve used a product for a year or so. So, with that in mind, we felt it only right to ask them to do a special wear and tear for us. Read their review of the Quoddy boat shoes after the leap.

There’s quite a few pieces of clothing people think of when they think of summer.

Shorts, Swimsuits and, yes, boat shoes.

I don’t know where you are on the whole boat shoe thing. Some people look at boat shoes like they look at raw denim.

“Is it made in ______?”

“Is it really hand made?”

“Do they use natural dyes?” blah, blah.

Many have turned to a brand named Quoddy.

Quoddy boat shoes to some people are the real deal; hand sewn in Maine, Horween leather and true moccasin construction.

But…Does it hold up? How’s the quality? Last but not least, is it worth the premium price tag?

I purchased these Quoddy boat shoes almost 2 years ago to the day and was so excited to get them I wore them home from the shop. Overwhelmed by the sweet smell of the chromexcel leather I knew these were top quality.

In the rain, in the heat, I wore them…and wore them…and wore them and I’ve been happy for the most part.

How does it hold up: 7/10

About a month or so later I noticed the insole of the shoe was slipping.

Really?! Dangit…turns out the soles are glued to the shoe and not stitched!?
I was bummed, but its cool. These are still amazing shoes and I didn’t mind (not true, I kind of did). I mean I never had that issue with Sperry’s etc. I just paid over 200 for these dangit!

Quality?: 8.5/10

Hand sewn construction and Horween leather. I almost feel the need to type that 3 times. Even though the demand for well made products is increasing, it’s still hard to find things made by American hands. The quality of these materials are amazing; The leather has held up well, aged gracefully and the campsole has also barely shown any wear – and I’ve really worn these puppies.

Is it worth the money?: 7.5/10

From what I’ve been told, these shoes used to retail for less than $100. If they still retailed at that price I would’ve given them an 11 and this scale doesn’t even go to 11 (unlike some amps) I know leather isn’t cheap and Horween is probably the best tannery on earth. I don’t even mind paying the $200+ for them, but with all the beautiful hand sewing that has been done to it can you fix that sole?

Aside from that, if you want a real boat shoe and don’t want to skimp on quality…

Quoddy makes the best you can get…for now 😉

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