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LL Bean Blucher Mocs for casual use

post #1 of 87
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Thinking of buying Mocs or jcrew sperry for casual use with shorts/jeans/chinos

Any experience with these LL bean bluchers? Do they look good in person? I am having a hard time deciding, becuase although GQ pic looks good, pic at LL bean website does not look good at all.

GQ Featured pic:
http://men.style.com/gq/features/sli...ay=false&cnt=1

LL Bean Blucher Mocs:
http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/sto...Search&feat=sr

It is rather hard to believe that two pics are showing the same shoes.
post #2 of 87
The GQ pic features the mocs in brown. The LL Bean site defaults to the cactus mocs, which definitely don't look as good. xchen has a pair that he likes, I think. Chekc the WAYWT thread. http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...744#post957744
post #3 of 87
If you're going to get blucher mocs, I think Quoddy mocs are nicer than the Beans.
post #4 of 87
There is already a boat shoe thread that has these mentioned in it. http://styleforum.net/showthread.php...ght=boat+shoes
post #5 of 87
Boat shoes and camp mocs have about as much in common as high tops and cowboy boots.
post #6 of 87
I almost got the LL Bean Blucher Mocs - but noticed Oi Polloi got a shipment of Quoddy Bluchers so I ordered a pair last week.

http://www.oipolloi.com/store/Quoddy...rown-3198.html
post #7 of 87
I know someone who wears the LL Bean's. I think they look great in that GQ pic but that pair has clearly seen some nice wear, affecting the patina and making them look more worn-in. I think they have to look like that to look decent. The guy I know, I swear he polishes them, and I think they look toolish.
post #8 of 87
blank, having had them and seen how they look after time, I doubt he polishes them. I wish they had the patina the ones in the GQ pic had. They'll get there at some point, I guess.
post #9 of 87
I'm joking about the polish, of course, though I figure you wear yours pretty regularly and it's surprising if you're saying that they haven't weathered much.
post #10 of 87
I wear them almost everyday and I wear them hard. Here is a pic that I posted on SUFU a few weeks ago.

post #11 of 87
it's funny that people are talking about the patina in the gq pics b/c if you've seen the photo in the actual mag, it looks like all they did was rub some dust onto them.

i've been wearing these shoes since i was a kid and at the sake of sounding like an askandy'er, they've really went downhill over the years. the current pair i have are 2 years old or so and while soft, the leather is cheap and thin and pretty much just gets dull and flat with wear...they'll definitely look better than new, but people expecting the leather to develop any real character are going to be mistaken.
post #12 of 87
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Originally Posted by xchen View Post
blank, having had them and seen how they look after time, I doubt he polishes them. I wish they had the patina the ones in the GQ pic had. They'll get there at some point, I guess.

Do some yard work in them (mowing, weed-wacking). The freshly cut grass gets into the scuffs and stains them quickly, producing a nice depth.
post #13 of 87
I have to agree with Dustin, the recent Bean Bluchers I've seen don't look nearly as nice as the ones I wore 20 years ago in college.

That being said, I think they look fine with jeans or khakis but I always hated them with shorts. Topsiders are a much better look with shorts IMHO.

I have to admit though, I haven't owned a pair since college. There are just so many other better options in casual shoes.
post #14 of 87
Compared to LL Bean blucher mocs, what is your opinion of Sebago's version of them (which, btw, is no longer made)? I have a pair that I got off eBay.
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post #15 of 87
I got the blucher mocs recently and I have to say for $70 they're awesome. I know people are saying that LL Bean cheaped out and I'm sure thats true but that's fine with me because it keeps it more in my price range and when I actually have money (instead of pursuing a silly "do what you love" career) I'll buy something nicer.
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