I bought the two-eye tie moc by Arrow Moccasin in the fall of 2011. I opted for the double sole version, and it’s lasted over a year with almost no real perceptible wear. I have a feeling these will last a very long time. They’re great shoes.The Arrow Moccasin website describes them as made of English Tanned Swiss Leather, and claims they’re adjustable and comfortable. That’s all. It’s a simple explanation, but they’re dead on the money. They’re comfortable. Comfortable like a down sleeping bag on a crisp fall morning. Once you put them on, you don’t want to take them off. With the double leather sole, the inner leather footbed molds to your foot over time and they just keep getting more comfortable. After 18 months, the footbed has conformed to the point where it’s got a slight Birkenstock effect; my heel and toes each have little valleys to rest in. Like a cast-iron pan, the more I use them, the better they get.
I generally go barefoot, and like a shoe to be as minimal as possible, and was hoping these would fit the bill. The double leather sole is actually quite substantial, and only slightly flexible at first. In fact, I recently purchased a pair of the Arrow Moccasin Lace Boots with the crepe sole, and its sole is far more flexible than the Two Eye Tie Moc was at first. 18 months on though, the double sole of the two-eye tie moc and surrounding leather on the Two Eye moc has become supple and quite flexible. They’re minimal, allow good ground feel, look nice in a casual way, and have no cumbersome sole.
Like I said, I was skeptical at first about the durability of a leather sole. I needn’t have worried. The Arrow Moccasin double soles have lasted wonderfully and will last a lot longer I’m sure. I’ve worn them hiking, biking, walking, and even on fairly formal occasions. While this will never be a minimalist dress shoe, if you work in a casual environment, they could be a great minimalist shoes for work. Even if the leather on the sole wears out (which it shows no indication of doing), most Arrow Moccasin models are resoleable for a small fee. I wore out the leather laces that came with them, and replaced them (as you can see) with some laces and cordlocks. It’s made them a little easier to get on and off.
I’ve created a video comparing the three different styles of Arrow Moccasins I have – the Lace Boot in double sole and crepe sole and the two-eye tie moc – check it out here if you like:
They get dusty sometimes, and they wipe clean with a damp rag. You can see below, I’ve wiped down the one on the left, and the right one is still dusty from being out in the desert. It takes only a few seconds to wipe them down and once they dry, I add a dab of mink oil to them to keep them smooth and conditioned. Very simple to care for.
I’ve worn them with socks, but generally prefer to wear them barefoot. My feet tend to sweat a little more with no socks on, but being all leather shoes, they’re warm enough I don’t often wear them in the heat of summer. If I have one complaint, it’s exactly that – it’s a warm shoe. This is the nature of an all-leather shoe though. It’s a great shoe about 8 months out of the year. I generally find it too warm in the peak of summer and when there’s snow on the ground they’re a little slick for wear in mid-winter. The rest of the time they’re just about perfect. A great shoe and one of my favorites.
Pros: Durable, very comfortable, zero-drop, very natural feeling shoe, good looking (I think) made in the USA.
Cons: A little hot in summer, a little slippery in snow and ice.
Who it’s for: Someone wanting a super-cool, zero-drop alternative to a boat shoe with a minimalist sole, great wear qualities, and a made in the USA label. The Arrow Moccasin is a great choice for a stylish, everyday shoe.
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