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What do you get when a dirty buck gets down and…well, dirty with a pair of Indy boots? This stupid-good-looking make up that recently hit the shelves at Leffot.

Price hits at $475. And yes: It’s worth it.

Holy hell, I want these.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Leffot)

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These are a fantastic take on the saddle shoe. Gotta love that Color 8 cordovan upper and the way the brown alpine grain leather provides the perfect counterpoint. Complete with a flex welt sole, and done up on the Barrie last (one of the most comfortable lasts I’ve ever worn).

They hit at Leffot very recently, but nevertheless have sold out in everything but 7.5 and 11.5. If you’re relatively small- or large-footed, rejoice! If not, I guess you’ll have to be content to just stare at them (like me).

They’ll run you $550, if you’re one of the lucky ones that can fit into the remaining sizes.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Leffot)

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Leffot’s special make up of Quoddy’s Maliseet Oxford is yet another well done piece in a very solid run of custom editions that the NY store has comissioned from the Maine-based shoemakers. This post may be coming hot on the heels of a separate footwear freakout, but believe me when I say this piece is well deserving of some attention.

Done in a very autumn-friendly British Tan and made from Horween Chromexcel leather, it’s a damn fine option to keep the moc love rolling now that we’ve hit September. That honey camp sole is a great color, giving the shoe a tonal vibe without veering into monochromatic territory.

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True to the Quoddy pedigree, it’s all handmade using traditional methods in the ME shop and built to last for ages. As I’m sure you’re well aware, that sort of painstaking construction comes at a premium. These guys will run you $250, but it’s worth it.

Also, be warned: they’ll stretch. Size down accordingly.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Leffot)

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I stopped by Leffot in the West Village a couple of weeks ago to pick up a pair of shoes and just generally check things out. The shop is open, calm, and full of really nice shoes. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re able.

Steven Taffel was there overseeing things and was enormously gracious despite my arriving only 15 or so minutes before closing time, and then agonizing between two different options for much longer than reasonable. He was also kind enough to let me waste even more time by taking the pictures here.

The shop is designed around the concept of a dining room, and the massive central table houses the majority of the (very well curated) stock…

The in-house line…

Quoddy…

Another look at the spread…

Forgive the poor focus on this shot. I snapped it on my phone because my camera died, but I had to have a shot of the huge piece of Horween Chromexcel leather near the front door…

The shoes I wound up getting for myself were Quoddy canoe mocs in navy Chromexcel with a red brick camp sole. It’s not a standard offering, but since Quoddy can do pretty much anything you can dream up as a special order, Leffot had them made up for the shop.

I’ll do a proper post on those in the near future. For now, take a look at how good Steven’s pair looks after some wear:

If you’re in NYC, get yourself to Leffot. The shoes are top notch and the people are friendly as hell. If you’re not in NYC, hit up the website and be sure to add it to your list of places to visit next time around.

—Jonathan

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