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|Native Americans wore moccasins long before Columbus discovered the land. It's fair to say that moccasins are truly America's first footwear. Completely casual, they define a relaxed and comfortable lifestyle.
Since their inception in 1946, Minnetonka Moccasin has shaped the moccasin's place in history. And we're proud to have offered their fine products since 1977. Hopefully, this page will answer any questions you might have about moccasins leather, care and cleaning; but if not, please feel free to give us a call toll-free at 866-317-2975.
What are the different leathers used by Minnetonka Moccasin?
Minnetonka products are made of natural material that conforms to their wearer and to their environment. Each is unique, with natural characteristics that enhance their beauty.
Cowhide is full grain leather that through our tanning processes becomes a long-wearing, supple, flexible shoe. (example of a man's cowhide moccasin)
Ruff Distressed Leather. Leather is one of those materials that can look "cooler" with a little age. Our special surface treatment creates a rough finish giving you that lived-in look. (examples of a distressed leather shoe, and distressed leather hat)
Deerskin leather is very soft and supple. In fact, it molds to your feet for a custom fit. (example of a woman's deerskin moccasin)
Moosehide is a soft, supple and strong leather. No break-in required. (example of a woman's moosehide shoe)
Suede is created from the inner side of a hide and has a rich, napped finish. It's softness, thinness and pliability make our shoes very comfortable. (example of a man's suede shoe)
Sheepskin is a natural insulator. Our fine sheepskin breathes, keeping your feet comfortable indoors and out - in summer and winter. Sheepskin is also called "shearling." The soft natural wool interior helps wick moisture away from your skin keeping feet warm and comfortable. (example of a woman's sheepskin boot)
Nubuck is a top-grain rawhide leather that has been sanded or buffed on the grain side, or outside, to give a slight nap, producing a velvet-like surface. It has strength and thickness along with a fine grain. The Silverton Dude Hats are made with Nubuck.
How do I care for my Minnetonka Moccasins?
You will find that your moccasins do not require any more attention or care that any other shoe. Most customers, if they decide to take any special care, simply spray them with a leather, rain and stain repellent. The spray protectant will not affect the color of the moccasin (when you initially spray the moccasin it may appear to darken the leather and sheepskin styles but they will return to their original color when dry). On smooth grain or cowhide, you may use a cream shoe polish to protect the finish.
Because of the natural oils and characteristics of leather, the lacing may easily come untied. Break-in your shoes for a couple of weeks, then make a final adjustment to the lacing and bow so that you are comfortable. Then soak the bow (not the whole shoe) in water until saturated. Let it dry naturally and the bow should remain tied.
How do I spot clean my Minnetonka Moccasins?
Spot cleaning usually can be done with a mild detergent and water. Try a dab of liquid detergent on a damp cloth and rub in with circular motions. Rinse cloth, wipe excess soap off the moccasin and let air dry. In extreme cases suede moccasins can be washed in the washing machine on gentle cycle. Do not put them in the dryer, let them air dry instead with something placed inside the moccasin so it will retain its shape. For deerskin and moosehide, you may use a delicate leather cream to clean and moisturize these soft, supple leathers.
What size Minnetonka Moccasins do I buy?
In our 35 years in business selling Minnetonka Moccasins, we have found that most customers purchase moccasins in their regular shoe size.
If you wear a half size shoe: When you find a style you like and notice it is available only in full sizes, our rule of thumb is to go down the half size. Most of the styles offered in full sizes are made with very soft, supple, and giving leathers. Many customers that have shopped in our store state they buy their moccasins, especially the Moosehide and Deerskin, to "fit like a glove", finding that they will give in just the right places to offer them an unparalleled feel and comfort.
In lined moccasins, which come only in full sizes, we suggest going up the half size.
Of course, we can not guarantee that following these recommendations will result in a perfect fit — only that they work for the vast majority of our customers.
What is a soft sole moccasin?
When this term is used, the moccasin shown basically has no sole stitched or glued to the bottom of the moccasin. The moccasin is one entire piece of leather. This type of moccasin usually has a heel-to-toe cushioned insole. They are extremely comfortable (that barefoot feeling). These softsole styles can be worn outside but will of course not last as long as the same type of moccasin with a hard sole. (example of a woman's softsole moccasin)
What is a double bottom soft sole moccasin?
The double bottom soft sole moccasin has an additional layer of leather sewn on the bottom of the moccasin. This provides greater durability and added comfort. (example of a man's double bottom soft sole moccasin)
What is a crepe sole?
The crepe sole is a durable lightweight foam rubber type sole which is attached to the bottom of the leather outsole. (example of a woman's crepe sole shoe)
What is a boat sole?
A boat sole is a flexible rubber (dock sider) type sole which is attached to the bottom of the outsole. (example of a woman's boat sole thunderbird moccasin)