Moccasins and deck shoes are not really directly related, but are often associated. Deck shoes are footwear with a rubber sole that offers great grip whether on a ship or on land. Traditionally, deck shoes come with a casual moccasin style which is why the two are grouped. If you are looking for one, you should probably browse all to be sure you are not missing the perfect style for you. Discussed in this article are the top brands in the moccasin and deck shoe category.
Sperry Top-Sider – Sperry Top-Sider is a women’s casual shoe company with their lineup of women’s shoes composed primarily of moccasins sneakers and casual loafers. The entire current collection consists of about 130 different styles of footwear of which just under half are moccasins. As you can tell from the name (Top-Sider) the entire collection is focused on deck shoes that can readily be worn on and off the boat (aside from the heels). One interesting thing is that Sperry Top-Sider adds a moc toe to many of their fashion boots and heels as well giving them a unique and unexpected look. A moccasin flat will start around $40 a pair while moc toe heels and boots top out at $100 and $145, respectively.
Minnetonka – The Women’s Minnetonka collection is surprisingly large for serving up a footwear collection made almost entirely of soft suede leather. Much of the collection is moccasin styled footwear with native American decorative fringe and other influences. In this style, you can find women’s Minnetonka slippers, as well as footwear with a heel for wear outside. A traditional looking moccasin starts around $35 a pair and top out around $65 a pair. Their slipper collection runs about the same price. Then, from $65 to $140 a pair you can find the Minnetonka boot collection which is made of padded suede in moccasin styles as well as styles similar to UGG boots.
Sebago – I would compare Sebago footwear with Sperry Top-Sider, though Sebago offers a much smaller collection of footwear (only about 40 styles in the current collection). Both brands focus on casual shoes and loafter with a moc toe. Apart from a few mary jane shoes the entire collection up to $90 is made of moc-toe casual shoes with a great sole for boating or outdoor casual wear. Above $100 (up to 180) a pair is the Sebago boot collection which is really a completely different style, no longer using soft suede/nubuck leathers or with a moc toe. If you are looking for a moccasin or moc toe deck shoe, Sebago is a great choice but don’t bother browsing the styles over $100 a pair.
Lamo – Like Sebago, there are only about 40 styles of Lamo Footwear. Most of their footwear uses a suede leather traditional in moccasins, though only about 1/3 of the footwear collection is a traditional moccasin look. The rest of the collection is slippers and UGG styled boots. The traditional moccasins do have a soft rubber sole making them great deck shoes as well, however. Expect to pay between $50 and $60 for Lamo moccasins.
Peace Mocs – As you can probably tell from the brand name, Peace Mocs makes moccasins. Their footwear looks very much like Minnetonka though they add their own flair to each styles. Also like Minnetonka, you can expect to pay between $35 and $60 a pair for any of their 35 styles.
One of the great features of moccasins and deck shoes is the relatively low cost. All of the brands on this list sell the traditional moccasin for a narrow range of between $35 and $65, All offer similar features and functionality making it difficult to distinguish the brands outside of style, thus it is wise to search every brand when looking for your perfect pair.