Monday, January 10, 2011

Moccasin Love

I have fallen in love with Moccasins.  They protect the foot while allowing the wearer to feel the ground.  They are super-duper comfortable.  They make me feel like Pocahontas (what girl doesn't want to feel like Pocahontas?).  And in researching for this post, I learned a few new things about them:
  • The Plains Indians wore hard-sole moccasins, given that their territorial geography featured rock and cacti.
  • The eastern Indian tribes wore soft-sole moccasins, for walking in leaf-covered forest ground.
  • The word originated in the 1610s, from an Algonquian language of Virginia, probably Powhatan makasin "shoe".
  • They were traditionally made of deerskin, moose hide, or sheepskin.
  • They are considered "America's first footwear".
  • A Moccasin is also a poisonous water snake commonly found under logs.
The Old-Time Warrior, Nez Perce 1910
Apache Women Cooking

Modern-day moccasins are made by Minnetonka Moccasin.  Established in 1946 and based in Minneapolis, MN, they make a variety of mocs ranging from $39-$75 (including an awesome chocolate suede slipper), but here a few of my absolute favorites and some fun ways to wear them...

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