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The relaxed shoe style that we have come to know and recognise as a Moccasin today, is in fact an international evolution of a once predominantly practical and somewhat self defining item of footwear. Although the name Moccasin has come to include an amalgamation of varied shoe styles and constructions, each shares a common history and direct link back to the hand-sewn, deer-hide footwear from Northern America, and the indigenous tribes who pioneered the design. The name itself originates from the Powhatan people, who were Algonquian-speaking American Indians that came into contact with white settlers. The term subsequently stuck because it was the first word heard and thus used by white settlers when referring to the soft leather, soft sole traditional shoe designs with the puckered toe.
TALKING ABOUT TRADITIONAL
Authentically made Moccasins are crafted from deer-hide (or alternative soft leather), and attached to a typically flexible, leather sole. The hallmark quality of the original shoe construction is the gathered toe, which results in the iconic U shape on the front of the shoe. This puckered U formation meant that the turned up toe was always protected from rough, uneven terrain. Norther American tribes and tribesmen had their own unique Algonquin moccasins – with variations in seams, soles and construction techniques depending on the terrain and climate that the tribe inhabited.