Camp moccasins are splendid to wear if you live on the west coast. I live in California and mostly wore sandals until I discovered camp mocs.
To learn about the history of moccasins and driving mocs, please read Raphael Schneider’s post.
I found Rancourt online three years ago; they were a revived, slowly burgeoning company in Maine. They had a small women’s collection and I liked their Women’s Camp-moc. To be honest, I think this is the only attractive model in their women’s line.
The camp-mocs were well-priced at $185 and came in a black rubber sole. I purchased the navy suede, but Rancourt now offers more beautiful, muted colors such as loden and Parisian blue. Those are made from Horween cavalier chromexcel leather.
If you decide to purchase a pair, I recommend utilizing Rancourt’s Made to Fit option. Rancourt will send you two pairs of shoes in different sizing so you can determine your proper shoe size. That is exactly what I did.
There are 2 widths for women: AA (narrow), and B (medium).
I am a women’s 7 1/2 on a typical brannock device. I placed a trial order for 7B and 7.5B. They did not offer AA trial shoes at that time, though I knew my feet were narrow.
Fit works differently for slip-ons. Your feet should fit snugly (but not tight), so your heel does not slip off the shoe. My feet were swimming in both trial shoes, so I needed to size down.
Consulting customer service helped immensely. Size 7B was too long for me, as I had .75 inches of space at the front of the shoe.
They concluded that 6.5AA would work best. It would accommodate my narrow foot and give me a quarter inch of space.
After a year of contemplating, I took a chance with the 6.5AA and placed my order. My shoes came four weeks later and fit brilliantly. They are my favorite pair of shoes to date.
I frequently wore them as a student, and still wear them sockless when i’m out and about on weekends. They hold up well today. I cherish them and they rest in their little shoe bags during colder seasons.
If you live in or visit temperate environments, I highly recommend wearing boat shoes or camp-mocs. They exude a preppy vibe that suits all ages, and you can bid farewell to the sloppy sandal look.
Women’s Lily camp-moc: https://www.rancourtandcompany.com/women-s/lily-camp-moc-21460.html