A case study of my Arrow Moccasin experience. I was compelled to order after seeing photos of this dyed, 3-eyed boot with a crepe sole:
After a few rings, a slightly raspy, thoughtful voice answered the phone: "Arrow Moccasin." Paul was his name, and every word that left his mouth had a perfect deliberateness about it; I could tell this guy had been in the shoe makin' business for a long time. The process wasn't without its quirks: Paul could not give me a definite timeline for delivery because of the special dye process this boot would require (all Arrows come standard in that rich, dark brown leather), and he was not too keen on answering my fit questions in great detail. I did not overthink the issue, and went with my standard 11.5. A month passed, and in that interim I moved from Austin, Texas to Martha's Vineyard. I had to call Paul several times to change my shipping address, and by call #3 he chuckled as if to suggest Look kid, I'm not a UPS store, I just make shoes out of Swiss cows.
Nevertheless, he agreed and by the third week of May, I had my boots. They came in a rather nondescript white shoebox, stamped messily in running black ink ARROW MOCCASIN CO. HUDSON, MA. The smell was overwhelming; I imagined myself as little Fritz frolicking around Zurich's sprawling meadows, scouting which steer I would butcher to make this beautiful shoe. The crepe sole was sublime, and the beeswax-dipped threads were all perfectly in place. They fit true to size right out of the box, and I have worn them almost every day since. The six inch vertical length pairs very well with shorts. From the beginning I was hoping to put this look together, but I was fearful I'd come out looking more like Emilio Estevez in Men at Work (think combat boots, high white socks, carpenter jean shorts) than a boot-wearer with swagger. Of course they go perfectly with denim and khakis and hell, I may wear them naked sometimes. Yes, the crepe gets very dirty immediately, but there are virtually no signs of wear outside of that. I receive compliments almost daily, and can't help but think I really pulled a fast one on all those Quoddy and Yuketen owners. I'll take my extra $150 and undoubtedly buy the Arrow ring boot next. And PS- the website. Make sure you have your volume turned up. It is interesting to note Arrow was at the cutting edge back in 1979 when they put up the first website on the Internet, and they haven't changed it since.