EasyMoc Review: What a Tough Review to Write
Price: $265 [$245 at Huckberry]
The EasyMoc is comfortable and fulfills every promise that it makes – no unfortunate surprises here.
The EasyMoc is priced in line with their Made-In-Maine competitors, but doesn’t match the construction quality.
|Materials||Suede / Ortholite / Rubber|
|Weight||365 g / 12.8 oz|
|Country of Origin||United States|
EasyMoc, as a company, did not have an easy birth.
Their genesis was through a brand known as the New England Outwear Company, which later rebranded as Maine Mountain Moccasin. To say the reputation of these companies was not great would be an understatement. NEOC famously took numerous preorders, then rebranded as MMM and basically told everyone who had a placed an order over the past 6 months their orders were not coming. Then tried to keep their money anyway. As you can probably imagine, MMM didn’t last long after that.
EasyMoc was founded by one of the original NEOC guys, who left for a gig at Clarks. He is adamant that he had nothing to do with the fall of those companies. If you’re looking for the full story, you can read his version of events here.
I have to admit, I was hesitant to try a pair myself. After seeing what happened to others, I didn’t want my hard-earned money on the line. However, two years on, the shoe hasn’t dropped. Well, the actual shoe did, but not the metaphorical one. It appears that the customer service issues have been resolved, and then some. The owner seems committed to rectifying the sins of the previous brands, and hands out his personal email like candy if anyone has questions.
However, even if that addresses one concern, should you want a pair? Let’s dive in and find out.
The upper of every EasyMoc is fairly basic. Up front you’ll find a moc-toe. In the middle a camp-moc style single-eyelet lace. Around back is the defining feature – a deep low cut designed so you can slide your foot in and out easily. There isn’t that much more to them.
This pair, which is a Huckberry exclusive, is made from a green suede and red lace combination. While green and red sounds like it might make you think of dashing through the snow, the two colors are faded enough that it works really well. You should know the laces show a lot of bluing along the non-red side. Bluing – literally blue coloring on the leather – comes from the chrome tanning process. I don’t mind the look on this pair, but I could see how adding a blue to a red/green shoe might be a lot for others.
Stitching on this pair is… OK. There are a few wonky stitches here and there, both on the hand stitching sections and the machine parts, but nothing that looks structurally problematic. The real problem is that, on both shoes, the back half were sewn on with the left side noticeably lower. On the left shoe, the outer side is maybe ½ inch lower, and on the right shoe the inner side is around ½ lower. This only impacts the back of the shoe, and isn’t noticeable while wearing, but isn’t a great look.
The slightly off centered back also means the insole doesn’t fit squarely in the shoe – instead leaving a gap along half of the back.
Inside, the EasyMoc is lined in a really soft tan lining, and includes a green insole with “EasyMoc” screen printed on. Not a huge deal, but the screen printing started to come off just from trying these on. Don’t expect it to last too long.
Mid- and Outsole
There isn’t too much to the EasyMoc outsole. Using a single piece camp moc outsole from Vibram, you’ll find all the standard features. A star traction pattern, a cutout for the logo, etc.
This pair comes with a yellow/gum colored outsole that I think matches really well with the rest of the colors on the shoe. Nothing really to complain about here.
The EasyMoc certainly doesn’t qualify as the best-finished handsewn on the market. There are several problems on this pair that you just won’t find on a Rancourt or Oak Street Bootmakers option. That being said, there is something loveable about how they look that I can’t quite put my finger on. It doesn’t convey in the pictures, but if you get a pair in hand, you’ll probably know what I mean.
When styling these, they are at the very end of the casual/formal vibe. Use case is really limited to hanging out around your house, a neighbor or friend’s house, camping, maybe running to the store, etc. You can’t blame EasyMoc for this – they are pretty clear in their marketing that’s what these are for. The launch of EasyMoc was specifically done when everyone was staying home for COVID.
Fit & Comfort
In a weird twist, the EasyMoc is a shoe that you’re probably more likely to nail the size on if you’ve never actually bought a handsewn before. They fit much, much tighter than the other made-in-Maine brands. Close to a full size in my opinion. That being said, where most handsewn brands always give you a vague “half size down” (half size down from what?!), these are best in your typical dress shoe size.
Unlike almost every other shoe, you do want to get these on the tighter side – which they will be if you get your normal shoe size if you plan on going sockless. Size up ½ size if you want to wear with socks. The materials they use are incredibly soft and will stretch significantly with wear.
I got these in a size 12 and can just barely fit in them without socks, but I am certain they will stretch to fit well. For reference, I typically like my handsewns slightly loose, and wear an 11.5 without socks, and 12 with in other brands. I wear a size 12 in the Allen Edmonds 5 last, and a 13 in most Nike sneakers.
For a full list of sizing for every shoe reviewed on this site, click here.
The comfort on the EasyMoc is really good, though that’s probably not too surprising. Everything on them is incredibly soft – the leather, the lining, even the outsole. There isn’t any one thing that is magic, it’s more that it immediately feels broken in. Like wearing an old sweatshirt on your feet.
Underfoot is an Ortholite insole. It does a good job, but it’s thin enough (and the rest of the shoe is good enough) that I’m not sure it’s any better or worse than a traditional piece of leather from a comfort perspective.
Obviously, the design has its benefits and tradeoffs. They are super easy to slide on and off, but that same feature means anything more than walking at a gingerly pace is kind of off the table.
Materials & Construction
The EasyMoc doesn’t have that much in the way of materials, which some would consider a good thing. The upper of the shoe is entirely made up of a soft suede. Unlike their leather options, EasyMoc doesn’t list what tannery their suede comes from other than it is “North American.” This suede is lined by a cowskin liner.
The combination of these two is insanely soft. It’s almost unbelievable. Together they are around 4 mm thick – more than many of the boots reviewed here – but fold like fabric.
Underfoot is the aforementioned Ortholite footbed. The option EasyMoc picks is the Hybrid, which includes 5% recycled rubber and 15% waste foam mixed in. Below the insole is a one-piece Vibram camp-moc outsole. Like the upper, you almost need to feel it to believe how soft this outsole is. It’s almost floppy, which is difficult to do for a centimeter of rubber.
Other items include leather laces and cotton stitching, all from the U.S.
It’s pretty clear that when designing this shoe, the company were extremely focused on soft. It makes sense – that’s the real differentiator of them over the more established brands. While I don’t disagree with any of their choices, you should know that softness will often mean a trade off in durability. I’d be particularly aware of the outsole, which will likely wear much faster than you might expect.
The EasyMoc is made in a moccasin style with blake construction. This means that the shoe is originally shaped like a moccasin, where a leather is wrapped around a last from the bottom and a plug is sewn on over the toe, but then a rubber outsole is sewn on Blake-style.
Moccasin style construction is known for its softness and ability to hug your foot, with durability and lack of support it’s primary drawbacks. Blake construction is about as simple as it comes. An outsole is sewn directly to the upper – if you want a more in-depth look, click here. Blake construction is known for its easy break in, with water resistance being the biggest con.
Ease of Care
I think the owner of EasyMoc might be a bit upset if we tried to imply you were supposed to put work into maintaining these. It goes against the whole ethos of the shoe! Good thing the suede version won’t need much in the way of maintenance.
I imagine most people won’t want to wear a shoe cut this low in the rain, but if you do you may want to consider a protectant spray. In the event you end up getting something on them, they do make suede cleaning kits – though with suede this soft don’t expect to get all the stains out.
Back in the materials section, I pointed out that this outsole will likely wear down pretty quick. While true, there is some good news – EasyMoc offers resoles at a very fair $75. This is one of the most affordable resole options out there, and a big plus when considering these shoes.
Pricing & Value
Directly from EasyMoc themselves, these cost $265. However, you can get almost every color that EasyMoc makes and even a few exclusives over at Huckberry for $245. The founder of EasyMoc was the lead designer over at Huckberry so it makes sense they would have a good selection.
This pricing puts them around the other made-in-Maine options. Nobody else makes this exact style, but looking at Camp Mocs in general, Quoddy comes in at $250, Rancourt is $265, and Oak Street Bootmakers is $286.
If all of these price points are a bit too dear for you, EasyMoc does make a made-in-Mexico model for $180. These appear like they might be a one-time thing, though, as stock numbers don’t seem to be too high anywhere.
If the EasyMoc is of value is really a question that is difficult to ask. Priced similar to their competitors, the EasyMoc gives up a bit on construction. It is also a shoe that has a very specific task – nobody could have EasyMocs as their only pair of shoes.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for the very specific use case this shoe has – warm weather, casual environment, comfort over performance – there really isn’t anything better out there. If you have the funds and are looking for a shoe that fits that mold, these are going to fill that role and provide a lot of value.
These can’t be the first pair in your collection. Or second. Or probably even the fifth. But they might be the best sixth pair you could buy.
This review for the EasyMoc has been one of the hardest for me in a long time. I try to strive to be as impartial as possible, review the product as it sits and try to let the reader decide if it works for them. There could be a really great shoe that just doesn’t vibe with me, and but could with you. On the other hand, I don’t want to sell you on something I like that will just waste your money.
With this pair, if you’re strictly calling balls and strikes, there are a lot of complaints to be had. There are some construction flaws, durability concerns, and a use case so specific that to enjoy them you probably have so many shoes already you don’t need to read reviews online. Judging by my own metrics I should be writing a poor review and suggesting you go look at my review of Oak Street Bootmaker’s wonderful camp moc instead.
However, with these, I’m not sure that’s the right thing to do. Despite these flaws, I really do like this pair. There is something about the final product that is more than the sum of its parts, even if I can’t quite put my finger on why.
If you’re on the fence, I encourage you to get a pair from some place that has free returns (importantly, easymocs.com does not accept any returns, check other retailers). Take them out, try them on. You’ll be able to tell almost instantly if they are right for you.