Updated: June 5, 2015
Moccasin Reviews:Moccasin shoes are centuries old and were worn by the Native Americans that once thrived in the United States. Today, moccasins are worn more like a slipper, around the house after we get home from work or in the early morning hours before we leave the house. They are meant to be warm and comfortable on your feet. Made from materials like suede, leather, and sheepskin, moccasins are the perfect shoe on cold mornings when your feet could use a little warmth. Keep in mind that if you have sweaty feet to begin with, owning a pair of moccasins may not be a good idea unless you wear socks with them. My wife has a tendency to get sweaty feet and her pair of sheepskin moccasins were ruined after only about 6 months of use as the interior of them became soiled and smelly. The below the ankle moccasins tend to be the most popular style for men and the ankle high are what women prefer. The knee high moccasins are something you would have seen on Davy Crockett, but they are still sold today (not as popular). We will discuss materials, sizing, and brands down below.
Leather moccasins are the most popular type on the market. Leather material is perfect for shoes because it naturally softens and conforms to your feet over time. Moccasins made of leather come from deerskin, cowhide, and moose hide. Cowhide, a full grain leather, is the most common while the moosehide moccasins are perhaps the most natural looking with nuances to the material that closely match what you would find on the skin of a moose in the wild. Moose hide is known for its "soft and buttery feel". Deerskin leather is another common material that moccasins are made with and it too is soft and very comfortable. Sheepskin moccasins are popular with the ladies, especially when they are made with wool fur. Lastly, suede moccasins provide a little more style to your wardrobe and they can be worn outdoors. Experts say you should avoid rainy or moist weather conditions while wearing your suede moccasins, but otherwise they are good to go. I've seen women wearing these shoes in department stores, in restaurants, and in night clubs. Moccasins are pretty much like regular shoes in terms of sizes. We talked with our local shoe store owner and he said that you want a "snug" fit to start with on your moccasins because as they age they will expand and stretch like all leather products do. Some people with wide feet like the feel of moccasins since they will gradually expand to accommodate a wider foot. Anyone with big feet should be able to find moccasins in your size, many sites offered mens sizes 14, 15, and 16's along with womens sizes up to 11. The most recognized brand name in moccasins is Minnetonka and their leather products are very popular with shoes made from buffalo, deerskin, and moose leathers. Other top selling manufacturers include Footskins, Daniel Green, Old Friend, L.B. Evans, Eastland, Lamo, Smartdogs, and Acorn. Prices range from under $25 up to $75 or more. The cheaper ones are made with suede, although that is not a steadfast rule. Most moccasins are made in various shades of brown with some in black or white. Kids styles include other colors like blue or red. Modern designs have the moccasins mixing with slippers and several styles we saw have more of a clog design with no back on the heel portion. You just slip your foot in and go. Where can you buy moccasins? We found several websites that strictly carry Minnetonka brand moccasins and their selection was excellent. Try Minnetonkamoccasinshop.com or Moccasins.com - both offer traditional, casual, boots, slippers, and lot more for women, men and children. Even Macys carries the Tommy Hilfiger "Demi" Moccasin ($69) which comes in 3 color varities and looks more like a loafer. Many people like to drive in their moccasins and so producers have created a whole new style called "driving moccasins", we found several online at Target.com. You can browse the top selling mens moccasins and the most popular womens moccasins online here.