Mossy Oak Joins Forces With Skechers
Russ Chastain 11.26.19
While scrolling through a bunch of outdoor-related PR stuff, I ran across this. Mossy Oak has partnered with many manufacturers over the years, but for some reason, this one caught me by surprise: Skechers.
When I clicked through, I was instantly interested. The Mossy Oak “Expected Avillo” model looks like it would would make a great camp shoe, as well as a casual around-the-house-and-town shoe. The Mossy Oak Bottomland camouflage pattern looks good and will no doubt hide the inevitable stains I would subject them to.
I’m just gonna ‘fess up right now, y’all. I don’t wear shoes every day. I live in Florida and most of my time is spent here or in Georgia, so for most the year, mandals (man sandals!) are it for me. When the temps get low enough that I need to cover the ol’ toes, I like slip-on shoes that are easy to get on and off, which also provide good arch support.
I wear them in the house, doing yard work and other maintenance chores on my property, and whenever I need to go to town.
Boots are called for during hunting season and for doing rugged outdoors work, of course. But that represents the smallest portion of my shoe-wearing, and I’d imagine there are many more folks like me, who could use a quality casual shoe and who like the looks of Mossy Oak.
Here are some specs:
- Soft woven canvas fabric upper
- Washed distressed canvas finish for laid-back look
- Soft suede overlay
- Slip on casual comfort loafer design
- Stitching accents
- Stitched seam moc toe front
- Side stitched seam detail
- Heel suede panel with stitched trim and embossed side S logo
- SKECHERS embroidered small logo detail on top front panel
- Dual side deep elastic fabric panels for easy slip on fit
- Padded collar
- Soft fabric shoe lining
- Relaxed Fit® design for a roomier comfortable fit
- Memory Foam topped cushioned comfort insole
- Shock absorbing midsole with contrast color stripe accent
- Flexible rubber traction outsole
- 1 inch heel
My only misgiving here is that the “Expected Avillo” is made wide as an EE fit (medium), then further widened in what they call “relaxed fit.” For narrow-footed folks like myself, this could be a problem. But for those of the broad feet, they might be just what the doctor ordered.