Moccasins are said to be the oldest form of footwear known to man. Also they are very comfortable, and their simple design enables you to lead them to yourself.
By Earl Hunsinger
Moccasins, the word itself inspires images of Native Americans, perhaps as we imagine them from Hollywood westerns. It’s been said that there are just seven basic sorts of shoes. Although sandals have perhaps been more widely worn, because the website Shoe Design states, many believe that the moccasin is the oldest kind of footwear known to man. Although similar styles were worn by people in other lands, it really is still appropriate to consider Native Americans in any discussion about moccasins. The word itself is Native American. Per Native Tech, the word comes from the Narragansett (Algonquin) people of southern New England. Their word for shoe, ‘Mocussinass’ or ‘Mockussinchass,’ have been adopted into English as Moccasin, and customarily refers back to the footwear worn by a number of the Native American people.
Even though you were bored by the last paragraph; although you care nothing about Native American culture, you owe it to yourself to at the least try a couple of moccasins. Of course , with only seven sorts of shoes to choose between, you are going to be limiting your selection for those who don’t. Besides, if you’ve never worn a couple of moccasins, you do not know what you’re missing. Imagine your most comfortable pair of bedroom slippers. Now, examine moccasins as outdoor slippers. Essentially, moccasins can also be defined as soft leather slippers traditionally worn by Native American people.
For sure, you may exit and purchase a couple of moccasins. By far the biggest manufacturer might be Minnetonka Moccasins. These are available in a large number of stores, both online and brick and mortar stores, including The Minnetonka Moccasin Shop, Minnetonka by Internet, even Amazon.com. In case you would like to shop for moccasins actually made by Native Americans, the web site Native Languages provides some links to stores that carry these.
However, unlike other kinds of footwear, akin to oxfords or cowboy boots, moccasins are simple enough to make that you can lead them to yourself. In line with the Lewis and Clark Journey of Discovery, while the members of that expedition initially laughed at Native American dress, eventually they adopted it, learning to make moccasins and other pieces of clothing for themselves. Since a couple of moccasins would wear out in a few days, they got lots of practice making new ones. What they made back then while living off the land, you can also make today sitting at home.
Different tribes wore different sorts of moccasin, making footwear that was most appropriate to their circumstances. Soft soled moccasins were more common within the Eastern forests, with hard soles customarily found a number of the tribes inhabiting the plains and deserts of the west. Traditionally moose, elk, or deer hides were used. These are still recommended, because they’re softer and stretch greater than leather made up of a cow or pig. You may additionally try garment leather or every other sort of thin suede. Different dimensions and shapes of moccasin use different amounts of leather. Some moccasins are constituted of a single piece of leather and a few use a couple of. You would need some type of pattern to make a decision how much leather you will have.
The web site Native Tech, mentioned above, provides some information and diagrams showing the various parts of a moccasin. Judy Kavanagh’s Moccasins and Mukluks outlines the materials and steps excited by making moccasins, even providing a free pattern for a woman’s size 7. Other patterns can be bought. Springfield Leather also sells patterns, in addition to leather and leather working supplies. Native Tech shows you the way to make your personal pattern. Otherwise you should purchase a video from Full Circle Videos that offers regularly instructions.
So then, whether you’re a hobbyist seeking out a challenging new craft or simply a collector of brogues, the subsequent time you are looking for something to place in your feet, why not try a couple of the oldest and most comfortable sort of footwear around.