Minnetonka Moccasin uses many leathers such as cowhide and suede leathers in addition to exotic leathers such as moose, deerskin and buffalo. Here are the descriptions of the leathers.
The most commonly used leather. Our cowhide is all full grain leather and has been treated with various tanning processes.
The common characteristic of suede is the exposed leather fibers know as the nap. Our suede is expertly tanned taking special care to sand and buff the surface creating a fine luxurious nap.
Brown or tan ruff
We helped pioneer this special leather. In this process, the leather is treated by impregnating the surface with oils in which the nap of the leather is held down. The result is a rough distressed looking finish.
The soft, buttery feel of the moose is why it is Minnetonka's #1 seller! Moose comes from the arctic regions where they are an important source of food. Any scars or scratches are natural characteristics of the wild moose. They attest to the genuineness of the leather and enhance its natural beauty.
Deerskin leather is know for it's softness and provides the utmost in comfort. Because the animals come from the wild, any scars or scratches are a natual characteristic of the hide.
Sheepskin is a unique natural product. The hairs are hollow so that the fur portion of the hide performs two vital functions: *First, it "wicks" all of the excess moisture away from the skin. *Secondly, it allows the skin to "breathe." This is why shearling is an ideal product for both summer and winter. It keeps the skin warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Sheepskin is also referred to as shearling. The term shearling comes from the when the sheep is shorn for its wool.
The majority of Minnetonka Moccasins are offered in whole and half sizes, in medium width for both Men's and Women's. The exception to this is in our deerskin styles and lined slippers that are offered in full sizes only. Children's and Infant styles are offered full sizes only also. An ideal moccasin fit should be comfortably snug. If you fit the moccain too loose, the leather will stretch causing a sloppy fit. Those hard-to-fit wide feet can be directed toward our deerskin and moose styles. Here the unique soft characteristic of these leathers will often stretch to accommodate wide feet. All size information appears in the catolog as part of each style description. Many of our most popular Men's styles have extended extra large sizes 14, 15 & 16. The same holds true for our Women's best sellers which extend to size 11.
Moccasins are easy to care for. For cowhide leather we suggest a cream shoe polish that will help protect the finish. For suede, a spray leather protector will help make the suede water and stain resistant. For deerskin and moose leather, we recommend a delicate leather cream, which cleans and moisturizes delicate, exotic leathers. For sheepskin/shearling, hand wash with mild detergent. Let air dry, out of direct sunlight. AVOID DIRECT HEAT, AS IT WILL EVAPORATE THE NATUAL OILS FROM THE LEATHERS.
Minnetonka also sells a line of leather and wool felt hats. These hats are classic styles and have proven to be a great success. All the leather hats are made with a steel wire hidden in the edge of the brim allowing for personalized shaping. Our wool felt hats are crushable and water repellant. Most important, we offer our great in stock service on hats.