Testimonials

"Wow! What a wonderful surprise! I received a box from your company yesterday, which I thought contained my almost-40-year old Oneida Moccasins I left for repair. What I expected was my old friends with one new piece of leather in the left moccasin. What I found when I opened the box was my old friends with matching new pieces in both moccasins AND both with new soles as well. Your craftsman straightened out the heels in the process of resoling, which had been worn funny because of the way I walk. Thank you! I am delighted with this wonderful surprise. And having these old friends to wear during the next twenty weeks or so will make the wait for my new pair of Oneidas enjoyable indeed."

Russell Stinebaugh - Wisconsin


"I just received a pair of custom Oneida moccasins. I am not a rich man. I work really hard for every dime I make as do you all I'm sure. I just have to say that I am proud to own something as finely made as these mocs. I hope someday I can afford to place an order for some of your boots. I have never had anything on my feet in 38 years that comes close to these moccasins. Please express my appreciation and
gratitude to the artisans under your employ. In a time when everything seems disposable, it's so important for companies like yours to remain unwilling to compromise your standards of quality."

Chris Edwards -SC


"A couple of months ago you made a special order pair of moccasins for me. My request was for a moccasin that I could wear while kayaking and fishing, so it had to be able to withstand being wet for long periods of time, have a sole that would withstand punctures from underwater branches and the abrasion from rocks. I also asked for pull straps so I had something to assist putting on the moccasins while wet. I received what I’m calling Karl’s Kayak “Mokkasins” several weeks ago and I’ve put them through some pretty rigorous tests. I’ve worn them while kayaking on the upper Potomac river which includes portaging my kayak over rocks and through mud, and just recently while wading in the Kootenai river (see picture below) and O’Brien creek in NW Montana while fishing. The thick sole keeps the rocks from hurting my feet but still allow me to feel the bottom. The leather is holding up very well despite being wet for prolonged periods of time. I just treat them with some Pecards leather dressing between uses and they stay supple. They are also very comfortable to walk in and great for stalking. Russell did an outstanding job!"

Karl Klamans - VA


“I recently received my Oneida moccasins and they couldn’t fit better.  I owe an additional $9.00 but can’t find my invoice.  Thanks so much.   I’ll order more.”

Roger Larsen -- Mississippi


"All Right!!  My moccasins finally came!  And they're absolutely beautiful, fit my feet like a glove, and I love them.  Well worth the extra wait. Even though I became a might bit impatient with waiting longer than expected, I have to say I'd order another pair of shoes from Russell.  Thanks for your fine craftsmanship.  And something rarely seen, the actual product matches the picture!  I'm thrilled."

- Bob Kohlmeier, MN

"Margrit's Oneida Saddle Moccasins arrived yesterday by UPS and she's delighted with them. Thanks!"

- Ernie Bur

"Thank you for the moccasins. I have an interesting story to tell you. My Mom and I have been wearing the same size shoe for over a year and when she found out that my moccasins had come in she immediately wanted to try them on. However, to her surprise she couldn't fit her foot inside the shoe, which I found to be quite funny at the time because it made me think of a modern day Cinderella story. The moccasins being the 'glass slippers' and me, of course, being Cinderella. Thanks again."

- Lauren McLemore


"I am sending you my Russell moccasins for a resole job. I should have sent them sooner but they are so handy, comfortable and nicely crafted. I would like them to be as close to new as possible without losing the glove-like fit. I've owned many brands of moccasins and yours are the finest of all."

- Steve Whiting


“My Oneida Saddle moccasins are perfect. They are the best pair of shoes I have ever owned. I can hardly wait to see what the Art Carter Chukkas I ordered will be like. It is nice to still have companies like yours which have an overriding concern of quality. Unfortunately the motto of most companies in the U.S. is do it fast and do it cheap. Keep up the good work.”

- Gregory C. Leighton


“I just love the Oneidas. They fit so well it’s almost like not wearing shoes. Thanks for a great product.”

- T. Cassel


“I just love my Hippo and WeatherTuff Oneidas. I wear them around the house and when driving. These are real moccasins! The soles don’t fall off after I have walked to the mailbox three or four times on the asphalt or if they get wet.”

- Randy Iten


“My father, who died in 1980 at age 85, had a pair of your Oneida moccasins that he wore for many years after he retired. The last time I saw him wearing them the outer sole was worn through but that didn’t seem to bother him. When he died my mother said that he wanted to be buried in his Oneidas. He almost got his wish--we laid them in his coffin before closing it.”

- Jim Tiffany, Perth, Western Australia


“The package arrived Friday and its contents were everything I expected--magnificent examples of handcrafted work. I can’t thank you enough for making them up for me. Please tell all who had a part in the building of the boots and the Oneidas what fine craftsmen they are. After 10 years waging war with cancer...and I am only 45...I’ve come to appreciate the good people I’ve been blessed to know. I count you among those special folks, Ralph.”

- Jerry Warrington