Update: Well that wasn’t much of an absence. The camp moc is back already, and looks pretty much the same, which could be good or bad. It could have been reintroduced with great fanfare, made in the US, and triple the price.
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After being alerted by an Ivy Style reader, I’ve received confirmation from LL Bean via Twitter that the iconic camp moccasin is to be discontinued:
It’s possible the shoe had suffered from lackluster sales as no one wants to look like JFK anymore. To wit, the death of the classic white canvas sneaker, as reported by Racked yesterday:
Over time, interest waned not just in the shoes themselves but in the entire aspirational vision of wealthy, Northeastern whiteness they conjure. Great masses of people — even rich white people — don’t want to look like JFK on a yacht anymore. They’d much rather look like Travis Scott on the red carpet. For maybe the first time, the face of success in America isn’t preppy and white, at least in the realm of footwear.
Despite the murmurings of a Neo-Prep revival, you might want to start stockpiling the classics. — CC