Honoring the heritage and timeless craft of making shoes by hand, the second edition of the Sperry x Quoddy collaboration combines Sperry’s iconic maritime style with Quoddy’s true Maine craftsmanship to create a collection of 170 pairs of boat shoes and chukka boots.
With a silhouette reminiscent of Sperry’s Authentic Original boat shoe, the shoes and chukka boots in this collection aim to combine Paul Sperry’s iconic, purpose-built boat shoe designs with Quoddy’s hand stitching construction methods that can be traced back to the Native American people of the Passamaquoddy tribe who still call Maine home.
The Quoddy factory is situated on the second floor of an old brick building in Lewiston, Maine. The small town is known for having a long history of shoemaking dating back to the early 20th Century. (Shop the collection here.)
Each pair of the Sperry x Quoddy Collection is handmade in Quoddy’s Lewiston, Maine factory by their team of veteran craftsmen, who use basic tools and timeless construction methods to assemble each pair from a collection of premium materials, like Horween Leather, beeswax thread, genuine rawhide laces, shearling liners, and crepe outsoles made from 100% natural Hevea rubber.
The craftsmen at the Quoddy factory work with many of the very same tools that were used in the early 1900s to craft shoes. (Shop the collection here.)
Quoddy’s shoemakers use methods that have been passed down for generations. The team’s cutters, stitchers, handsewers, and finishers labor over each and every detail as each pair of shoes passes between the hands of at least 15 different people before being packaged and shipped out from the factory.
Many of the handstitchers in the factory told our team that they have been making shoes since they were 15 years old. Since their early days, these men each have roughly 30 to 40 years of experience in shoemaking, making them true veterans in the craft. (Shop the collection here.)
Craftsmen in the factory use moccasin stitch construction methods that date back to the early days of Native American shoemaking. Nearly every part of the shoe – right down to the crepe outsole – is stitched together by hand. (Shop the collection here.)
With quality and craftsmanship infused into the core of each pair, the shoes in this collection are intended to last a lifetime. While no shoe is meant to last forever, the craftsmen at Quoddy work to design quality products and work to keep these shoes in ship shape by offering repairs to customers as needed.
The Sperry x Quoddy boat shoe incorporates elements of classic moccasin construction with our Authentic Original silhouette. (Shop the collection here.)
The Sperry x Quoddy Shearling Chukka features parts of our traditional boat silhouette paired with chukka height, suede uppers, and a shearling lining for added comfort and warmth. (Shop the collection here.)
The Sperry x Quoddy collaboration will be available for a limited time online here and at the Sperry retail store in New York City’s Flatiron District on November 15, 2016.