Most people slip on their moccasins when they want to forget the material world for an hour or two. But moccasins are made from material too, and choosing the right material for your moccasins is key to your comfort. Suede, leather, and sheepskin are the primary choices in moccasin materials.
Because suede is manufactured from the less-prized interior split of a leather hide, suede moccasins won't be as expensive as full-grain leather moccasins, but they still require particular care when you're cleaning them. When you buy suede moccasins make sure to pick up a suede cleaning kit to properly care for them.
Because leather becomes more comfortable as it ages it's a natural for moccasins. As your leather moccasins mature, they will soften and conform to your feet providing the most natural fit possible. Listed below is a description of the various types of moccasin leathers to choose from:
- Cowhide. Cowhide is the most commonly used leather for making moccasins. Cowhide is a full grain leather that has been treated with various tanning processes.
- Moose Hide. The soft, buttery feel of moose hide moccasins makes them a huge seller. Any scars or scratches on your moccasins are natural characteristics of the wild moose and attest to the genuineness of the leather.
- Deerskin. Deerskin leather is also known for its softness and provides the ultimate in comfort. You'll see natural scars and scratches on deerskin leather moccasins too.
To make sure your leather moccasins last, remember to use proper cleaning techniques. Treating your leather moccasins regularly with a good leather conditioner is recommended to prevent the leather from drying or cracking.
The unique combination of leather skin and wool fur is what gives sheepskin its appeal. Sheepskin and moccasins are a fashionable combination, providing warmth, comfort, strength, and beauty for your feet. Sheepskin moccasins are frequently designed in a rural or outdoor boot style, and may feature a wool cuff that you can roll up or down for extra warmth and style.