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Quoddy

Established: 1909  |  Country of Origin: USA

The handsewn moccasin goes back hundreds of years to the native Passamaquoddy of Downeast Maine. Handsewing was employed to create moccasins, bark containers, even their sleek and seaworthy birch bark canoes.

In 1909 Harry Smith Shorey resolved to rise above his affliction with polio (like a summer resident across the Bay of Fundy, FDR) and start a business making footwear with handsewn moccasin construction inspired by the native craft. His customers were local shoe purveyors (like LL Bean) and hunting and fishing guides who appreciated the comfort, durability, and natural feel of a true moccasin construction shoe.

By the mid twentieth century, Quoddy had become synonymous with the lasting quality and beauty of Maine handsewn footwear. In the 60’s the Ringboot became an icon of the whole earth culture that emphasized handcraft and harmony with nature.

Today the Quoddy workshop is located in Lewiston, the historical home of Maine shoe manufacturing. The headquarters and heart of the company remains in Perry, on the shores of Passamaquoddy Bay.