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...