Let's start with the history of moccasin shoes...
The moccasin shoe construction is believed to have originated in North America when hunters needed to protect their feet from cold and rugged surfaces and the best choice of material to do that was of course leather wrapped around the foot like a bag round the foot. The “bag” type construction is the enduring feature of the moccasin today and is what gives it such great comfort.
What does a moccasin shoe look like?
Visually you will not be able to see the leather bag that wraps around the foot but the key give-away of a moccasin is the seam that connects the apron (leather piece that covers the top of the foot) and the body (leather bag that wraps around the sides and sole of the foot). For those of you who like to cook you might imagine the finalisation in making a moccasin shoe as being similar to adding the pastry lid onto a pie!
Rieker bring us some colourful and funky moccasins such as these silver moccasins which combine casual and forrmer details with the silver adding a touch of glitz. There is also navy patent version of these if you want something more subdued.
We love Gabor’s moccasins which are perfect for everyday wear. From white to red to navy, you’ll find a Gabor moccasin in the colour for you. These white nubuck loafers are easy to slip on and off and can be easily paired with jeans and skirts alike.
Tamaris are bang on trend with their patterns, colours and shapes creating moccasins for day and night. These leather loafers with leopard print fringe and heel panel are bang on trend making these easy to pair with most outfits whether that be jeans or trousers.
How are moccasin shoes made?
Once the “pie” is stitched together and sole unit attached, the moccasin will normally have a last pushed into it (see one of our earlier blogs for a full explanation of what a shoe last is). The last determines the shape of the moccasin. It is at this point the manufacturer can make a wide fitting moccasin or indeed a narrow fitting moccasin.
What makes a moccasin shoe so popular?
Typically, good quality moccasin shoes will always be made using leather as the upper material. Using high quality leather, suede or nubuck in the uppers makes them soft flexible and lets the shoe mould to the foot. Leather is a breathable material so will allow for temperature regulation. Hot feet are often a major cause of discomfort in shoes.
The “bag” like construction also means the sole of the foot is always in contact with the leather upper – the end result of this is that the shoes are much more flexible than other types of shoe construction (eg. standard pump with a cemented sole unit).
We can’t ignore the fact the moccasin style is key to it’s popularity, with various age groups wearing moccasin’s. In London the moccasin is a high-end fashion look which can be seen in the likes of Harvey Nicholls & Russell & Bromley.
Where do we buy our moccasin shoes from?
We are privileged to be the only independent business in Scotland to be buying moccasin’s from a world famous shoe manufacturer in Brazil. They specialise in making moccasin shoes and it is a key supplier for major shoe retailers like Kurt Geiger (Carvela), Russell & Bromley and John Lewis. We can select our own styles, colours and materials to suit our customers and offer the styles at the most competitive prices in the UK.