Last week I reported on LL Bean discontinuing its iconic camp moccasin. Soon after LL Bean sent me another message on Twitter saying that items often go in and out of the catalog, suggesting that the move may be temporary and that the shoe could be brought back with presumed fanfare. Isn’t that what happened with the Norwegian sweater?
Regardless, Bean’s timing may be poor. George at Oak Street Bootmakers saw the post and sent me the following:
I just saw your post about the Bean moc — can’t believe it. I am very surprised because the camp moc was our best-seller all summer long. Our sales have continued to climb year-over-year, this year hitting its peak of 75% more than last year!
I think most would agree that the Bean’s last shape (very square toe) has been lackluster for the past decade. The heyday was when they made them in the USA, with Horween leather, just like we do today.
So there you go. If you want a high-quality camp moc like in the old days, and are willing to pay $280 for Horween leather and domestic manufacturing, head over here to check out Oak Street’s version. In addition to the dark brown classic, they’re also offering the shoe in natural, navy, and other options. Below are some more shot of the classic with styling options. — CC