Published on August 14, 2014 by Amy
Originally created by Native Americans, moccasins are leather shoes lined with fur, or more in modern manufacturing, fleece. Different styles of moccasins were designed for different climates. The plains tribes crafted low cut booties with laces that tie on the vamp (upper) of the shoe. Woodland and colder region tribes styles made high-top or boot-style moccasins with laces woven along the front of the boot, or threaded through side flaps and tied in the back of the moccasin.
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1. Put the moccasins on your feet and thread the leather string through the holes for moccasins that tie in the front (such as the plains style or the lace up boot style). Pull tight enough so that the moccasins will not slip off your feet, but leave the laces loose enough for you to slip the moccasins on and off.
2. Tie the laces like a bow tie: pull on the right string so that it’s longer than the left. Cross the right string over the left one and loop under the left string, bringing the end up. Double the end of the left string so that it makes a loop.
3. Loop the right string over the left string loop. Holding them in place and double the end of the right string over to make a loop. Push it through the loop behind the string. Pull the loops to adjust.
4. Sit in a chair and rest your ankle on your leg to perform the knot on side-flap moccasins and other pairs that tie in the back.
5. Pull the strings tight, leaving the right one longer than the left and tie the knot using the above method.
6. Repeat on the other foot. The knots should be tight enough to hold your calf without slipping down, but loose enough to pull the boots off without untying.