The 25 Best New England Brands of All Time

From: Wilton, Maine
Founded: 1876 

Besides lobsters and a wicked horrible accent, Maine is known for handmade shoes. G.H. Bass & Co. first set up shop in the the most northeast state in 1876, and lays claim to one of New England's prep staples: the Weejun. Founded by George Henry Bass in 1936, the brand noticed how Norwegian farmers would wear a slip-on loafer, and so the "Weejun" was born. 20 years later, WASPy Ivy League students would wear Bass' laceless footwear—sockless, to boot—and forge a legacy for Bass. To this day, you can still purchase the Weejun along with a handful of other New Englander essentials like bucks, deck shoes, and saddles shoes from the Maine brand.

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