Iconic seafaring brands Sperry and Quoddy, known for their hand-sewn mocs, are collaborating on a collection that combines maritime style with Quoddy’s Maine craftsmanship for a limited-edition collection of 500 pairs that will retail for $350.
The Sperry x Quoddy men’s styles will feature hand-stitched Sperry uppers and Quoddy’s signature crepe-wrapped sole. The two-style capsule will be available for purchase on Nov. 18 at Sperry.com and at Sperry stores in New York; Fashion Island at Newport Beach, Calif.; Westport, Ct.; Natick, Mass.; and Burlington, Mass.
The handcrafted moccasins are produced exclusively in Maine and carefully executed by only a stitcher, cutter, hand-sewer and finisher, with the process taking about nine hours to complete. Keeping things wholly stateside, even the leathers used for the uppers come from the Horween tannery in Chicago.
Details include rawhide laces and beeswax thread, with outsoles made of natural rubber. Inside is a leather-lined footbed. To get the most out of the shoes, Quoddy provides a refurbishing/re-sole service.
Both Quoddy and Sperry have longstanding histories. Sperry was founded in 1935 by Paul Sperry, who, after watching his dog keep his footing while darting across the ice, was inspired to give people the same advantage. He carved grooves similar to those on his dog’s paws into the bottom of a rubber sole to enhance traction on a slippery boat deck — launching a world-renowned series of what came to be known as “boat shoes.”
Quoddy’s shoemaking methods date back to the Passamaquoddy Native American tribe, with each shoe skillfully made the old-fashioned way by a team of artisans.