The tried-and-true moccasin is back for summer in many stylish variations. It’s soft, lightweight, and comfortable, and it’s the perfect finishing touch for any outfit from business casual attire to jeans and a T-shirt. We’ve uncovered some of the best handmade leather moccasins at Leffot, a specialty men’s footwear store in New York’s West Village. These three brands feature sleeker, more polished designs compared to their fringe-trimmed predecessors.
Rancourt & Co., a family-run company out of Lewiston, Maine, that has been making moccasins for three generations (since 1964), features the hard-soled Camp Moc in black or brown polished leather or navy suede for a more dressy version of the classic shoe. ($210, www.rancourtandcompany.com)
• The 100-year-old brand Quoddy, also based in Lewiston, Maine, has created a Boat Moc, a boat shoe–type style built like a traditional moccasin. Each pair is sewn by one person from start to finish, using Horween leathers and Vibram soles, which make for exceptionally lightweight and flexible shoes. ($300, www.quoddy.com)
• Leffot offers a European take with its own brand of Driving Moccasins, made in its factory in Italy. The shoes—which feature an upturned toe, a thin sole, and an optional tassel on the font—come in a series of colors, including a whimsical purple pair, in suede for summer and in leather for fall. ($325, www.leffot.com)
All pairs are made to order and require three to 12 weeks to produce.