Thorogood Moc Toe Oxfords

I already own (and love) the boot version of these, so I guess I don’t really need the low-tops. But hot damn do I still want ‘em anyway. The Moc Toe Oxfords from Thorogood are union-made in an employee-owned factory in WI, using domestically sourced vegetable tanned leather and Vibram wedge soles. Built to withstand a lifetime of abuse, the shoes come equipped with a composite shank, cotton drill vamp lining, and a removable shock-absorbing insole (I should also mention that they’re crazy comfortable). Rhode Island’s WHARF has them, and the price per is about $100 less than similar *cough* rip-off *cough* styles from other brands.

For price and purchase info, visit WHARF.

  • Jonesy

    I have a pair of these oxfords and I don’t particularly like them. They are significantly tighter than their boot counterpart in the same size. Heavy, super stiff, and took quite some time to break in.

    Just my two cents. Great site – keep up the good work!

    • Brad


      Thanks for your honest evaluation. Did you buy the regular D width, or narrower?

  • Cory

    I’ve been eying the similarly styled plain-toe boot as well as a work-boot style from Red Wing with a wedge sole that costs $100 more. Do you have an opinion as to which boot is better, or what the pros cons are of each? (Note: I have a pair of Red Wing Gentleman Travelers that I love, so I’m not opposed to their price point. I just want to know of the Thorogood boots will stand up to years of use/wear.)


    • Brad

      Hey Cory,

      I’ve got the Thorogood Moc Toe Boots (, and they’re some of the best I’ve ever owned – super comfortable, excellently-made, and absolutely beautiful.

      I can’t tell you all the differences between those and the comparable RWs, as I’ve never owned any Red Wings. That said, I do know that the THRGDs have a much slimmer toe box than the RWs, which I appreciate, and I’m pretty sure they’re a little bit lighter too.

      As for longevity, they’ve got it in spades. The soles are replaceable, and the leather is very high quality (just be sure to oil it every few years)

      Admittedly, they’re not the most waterproof boots ever made, and the wedge sole isn’t so great on snow, but they are exceptionally warm, so as long as it’s not too wet out, they’re still great for winter.

      Hope that helps,


  • Cory

    Thanks, Brad. That does help. I don’t have to worry about snow (usually), since I’m in Georgia, but it does get quite cold here, believe it or not. So warm boots are a must. Tell me, do you know if there’s a different in toe room between the Thorogood moc-toe and the plain toe?

    • Brad

      Interesting detail: the toe isn’t a true moc, meaning that’s it not too pieces of leather stitched together. Instead, it’s a single piece, that’s been bunched and sewn to create a moc appearance. That way, nothing can slip in through the stitching. Because of that, I would assume that the plain and moc fit very similarly (if not identically).

      That said, at one point I owned the insulated plain-toes, and they were terribly uncomfortable. The Insulated liner was bulky, and the shoes were actually too warm. So if you do go for the plain toe, get the non-insulated version.

  • Matt

    I’m currently debating between this and my red wings for my next boot. I guess we’ll see what happens.

  • Cory

    I’m leaning toward the Thorogoods. I’m hoping that like my Red Wings, they will last a lifetime, but if they don’t then I haven’t spent much money. For the price, you just can’t beat the Thorogoods. Hard to believe they’re made in U.S.

    • traderjim7

      Half of Red Wing’s production is now made in China. That alone is enough to make me buy Thorogood instead. I have found that when a shoe company offshores, it doesn’t just move production offshore, but it also uses inferior materials and different production methods.

  • Raph

    Hi Brad,

    I’m considering buying a solid pair of shoes for the winter but I’m 1,75m (5’7″) and generally, shoes with big soles make guys like me look smaller.
    What would you recommend for people of my height ? Are these OK ?

    Cheers from France,

    • Brad

      Hey Raph,

      At its tallest point, the Thorogood sole is only 1″ (2.5 cm) – basically the same height as a wingtip heal. So, no, I don’t think they’ll make you look smaller.

      Also, the toe box on Thorogoods is much narrower than on Red Wings. That should help to prevent them from making you appear shorter too.

      Hope that helps,