I haven’t been a huge fan of Quoddy in the past. Not that I did not like the brand, more so, just wasn’t crazy about the way in which they designed their soles. So the other day, I was puttering about waiting for my wife to call me and happened to run into my friend Fred (who is also a reader of the blog). I asked him where he was off to (as we crossed the street), and he told me that was going to Liberties. He then said, ‘you probably won’t approve, but I am going to buy some Quoddy’s.’ I told him that I couldn’t knock him for that, and we parted ways. Then a day or two later, as I was browsing Leather Soul’s website (where these pictures come from), I noticed these new boat shoes and said to myself, ‘hey! I like these Quoddy’s, particularly the sole!’ Funny enough, the thing that usually deterred me from Quoddy shoes in the past was actually the thing that enticed me to save the pics to show to all of you. How ironic…..
Bah! More plastic soles! The Devil has a toe in the door of this blog!
I suppose if you’re actually going to be ON a boat, some kind of synthetic sole with better grip has it’s merits.
Otherwise these and all the other plastic-soled beasts you’ve highlighted lately, are the work of SATAN!
(Not that I feel strongly about it or anything…)
Justin why did you not Previously like the soles on quoddy shoes?
Alex b .. sometimes rubber soles make sense to protect you from falling on your ar8e.
But if you were to fall on your arse, what hideous heels would pass over your head?
I just never cared for their quirky design.
Justin FitzPatrick, "The Shoe Snob"
Alex B – I am pretty sure that these ones are actually rubber…but yes, if you are actually on a boat, is going to ensure a safer trip than a pair of leather soles….
Dave – See here:
Ike – I feel the same way about some of them….a bit too different…but these are alright.
And if you’re not on a boat, they’re just smelly and ugly.
I would suggest taking a nice pair of canvas and leather spectators for a summery look instead, or a simple blake-stitched loafer. If you really are on the kind of boat that is likely to be wet underfoot, I suppose you could take these with you in a bag and change on arrivel, but frankly you’d be better off with flip-flops or barefoot.
No to rubber/plastic soles I say! Never! 🙂
I received the Quoddy boat shoe as a gift. I like the appearance and the comfort. However, after wearing them for 3 months-they still squeak when I walk. I have tried adding powder, wearing socks but nothing silences the squeak. I called Quoddy customer service and short of sending the shoes back (at my expense) there is nothing they could do. Disappointed