Rated 5 out of 5 by GaryBear Classic and true
The "thoughts on classic" review, preceding, nails it. The Blucher Moc remains a classic shoe true to its tradition. While a few details have changed over the years, this is still the good old LL Bean Blucher Moc, and I love it. I don't consider the leather at all "plasticky" as some reviewers note. To me, it simply looks new from the factory, and yes, that means it's not an artisanal kind of finish, but once you've broken these in, the leather looks as natural as can be. The squeaking you hear when these are new indicate good leather, and again, once the shoes are broken in, the squeaking goes away--I've also found some good, natural leather conditioner, applied after a few wears, helps diminish the squeakiness. As for sizing, I am a solid 11-medium by measurement and by experience with almost every shoe I own, and I find that an 11D in the Blucher Moc is a perfect fit right out of the box. Buying my true size gives me about half an inch of room past the big toe, and this is perfect for accommodating a light or medium-thick sock and for giving my feet plenty of comfort, with my feet feeling neither crunched nor too loose. I can't imagine sizing down even half a size. In fact, these are some of the most comfortable fitting shoes I own--no real break in required, in my experience, although they do simply become softer and more comfortable and more foot-conforming with every wear. As for the style, well, I don't believe in ostentatious shoes on men, and neither do I believe in generic-ugly shoes. The style of these shoes falls solidly in what many call the preppy or Ivy tradition, because they are attractive without calling attention to themselves and are extremely practical. I wear them at least a few times a week with a variety of get-ups, mainly with my casual work wardrobe of an oxford-cloth-button-down shirt and chinos, but also with slightly dressier wear, such as a blazer or sport coat with tie and so on. Great shoes, highly recommended.
June 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by DC84 thoughts on this classic
We all understand that product experiences drastically differ, especially with Beans large and far reaching production scale this day in age, but here is my experience with the Bean Blucher Mocs. LL Bean is a household name where I come from and has been for a couple generations. My Grandpa called them 'weekenders' and that name has stuck for me. I work as a Postman in Canada and I wear these shoes to work, where I leave them in my locker for the day, and then wear them home again. Best shoes to slip into after a work day , like a real moc should be. The squeaking goes away after 2 weeks of wear, I feel that since vintage clothing has peaked is more popular than ever, we have forgotten how to break in our own clothing. My shoes haven't squeaked since that first 2 weeks. When I was growing up we wanted our shoes to stay looking as new as possible for as long as possible. Our perception is driven by vintage clothing now, which is feel is why there have been some complaints toward the out-of-the-box look/feel to the Bean Blucher. The 'plasticy' look has been around for ages, it kept our shoes looking new in the old days and kept bits of moisture out, good for the morning walks through the dewy grass. It should be thought of as a factory finish and doesn't absolutely represent cheap construction. Bean even touches on this in the description by saying they were originally designed for the damp air of Maine. Very similar to here in the pacific northwest. If you want to spend over $300 on the more artisanal companies then thats fine but they have their own version of the glossy finish too. This all wears off with time anyway and you'll need leather conditioner at some point. The expensive companies might be good if your a detail fanatic living downtown in a condo, and are more concerned with what the bottom of the sole looks like rather than the use you'll get, but Beans version is the best bang for your buck. I've had shoes with the classic 'doorstop' sole?the pebbled texture wore to a smooth surface with zero grip and while I was wearing them they appeared identical as the current sole does anyway, so the unseen bottom is not important to me really. I use a double knot on the laces which stays tied and takes up the slack if you're concerned with the length. If you use these shoes to walk 20 times around the track every morning then you'll of course wear out the sole, but if you treat them as what they are then they will serve you well. My last pair was 8 years old and looked/felt great. Unfortunately my backpack that they were in was stolen and I was forced to replace. I also own Beans Camp Moc. I used a leather conditioner and an oil afterwards, and after many years are broken in and very supple. I am an avid wearer of both styles.
June 11, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5
by MKEBeanFan Fit Advice/How to Make a Great Blucher Even Better
I bought my first pair of Bean Bluchers in high school (mid-1980s) and have routinely bought a new pair every 2-4 years since.
Obviously, I love these things and, overall, I find these shoes are highly durable, look great and generally prove my go-to shoes for three of the four seasons (although some might argue that Wisconsin only has three seasons since the winters seem to last for about six months).
Regardless, if you're thinking about ordering some Bean Bluchers, I offer the following fit advice, based solely on my experience:
* I usually prefer a wide width but I order Bean Bluchers in a normal or "D" width. Despite the initial snug fit out of the box, these leather shoes quickly stretch and provide plenty of room/width for your feet. The photo I uploaded shows my new 2014 pair vs. the pair I'd worn for 2-3 years, and the roominess is evident.
* I usually wear size 11 but I find Bean Bluchers in that size pinch my toes slightly, so I order size 12. Even after the leather stretches a bit, I don't feel my feet "float around" inside the shoes, and it's easy to snug the laces to ensure a good fit.
I offer two suggestions to improve Bean Bluchers:
1. Please use shorter laces made from a different material. The original gold/brown laces are annoyingly long, and no matter how tightly I lace my Bluchers (with very large loops), I soon find the knot has slipped and I'm walking on the lace-ends. (I routinely replace my new-Blucher laces now, as seen in the photo.)
2. At some point, based on my past several pairs of Bluchers, perhaps when manufacturing was shifted overseas, I've found that the Bluchers' original inner soles/inserts annoyingly stick to my feet when I wear them without socks and therefore pull out when I remove these shoes. New, these inserts are not affixed to the interior of the shoes, so I've resorted to pieces of double-side tape to keep them in place, or simply replaced them with cut-to-fit insoles I picked up at the market. I've also found that these inserts slip either forward or backward, even when wearing socks, which feels uncomfortable.
That said, I love these shoes and I just ordered my next pair today :-)
June 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by RangerJohn61 Blucher Moccassins
The fit well, and the laces allow you to get them snuggly on....and don't loosen up like leather laces (laces are the best feature)
They fit like a glove and I didn't have a problem with squeaks or loose, slipping heals...the laces help in that respect!
May 22, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by PhillyGreg Squeak = Baby Powder
Yes, the shoes squeak right out of the box unfortunately, at least mine did. Just squirt some baby powder into the shoe and on the tongue, blot up excess and problem solved, no more squeaking.
May 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Herndon Style
I have worn Blucher moccasins since college, for 45 years now. Thanks, LLBean. With regular neetsfoot oil, they last a long time, then get demoted to Garden Shoes. Love 'em.
February 29, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by JimfromGuelph Cactus vs. Saddle
Reviewers here are either loving or disliking their bluchers. I personally have no problems, but I've always chosen the cactus finish over the saddle. I can see where the cactus almost has a pleather veneer to it, but the cactus model has always seemed like fairly nice, supple leather.
February 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by lowcountrybuoy A Classic
Great shoes! I have worn these since college 35 years ago and while they have changed a bit they still are the most comfortable shoes I own. My son, now a sophomore in college was introduced to these as a Junior in HS and it all he want to wear. He won;t throw his old pairs away he uses them for knock arounds.
November 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cmcg1 Great but run big
I was told that sizing is true- wrong. I had to return and reorder a size smaller... The shoes are great though, very comfortable.
October 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by smith2z Awesome shoes
These shoes are perfect and I hope LLBean does not change them. People say that they squeak, and that is kind of a ridiculous complaint. Sure, they are made with rather stiff leather, but that also means that the leather is very durable and is built to last. These shoes are made with the same materials as the Bean Duck Boots that everyone seems to love, and they squeak too! The squeaking goes away after a few days of wear anyway. Just deal with it. They look and feel awesome!
October 7, 2015