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The Enduring Legacy of Moccasins

The Enduring Legacy of Moccasins

Moccasins are steeped in history, crafted with time-honoured materials and design. They have the distinction of being the original footwear of North American Indigenous peoples, in some cases characterizing tribes and territories.
Laurentian Chief Moccasins Made in Canada
The practicality of the moccasin was quickly embraced by European settlers, influencing generations of shoes with features that can trace their roots back to the initial Amerindian archetype.

Today, those features are often combined with contemporary comforts to create footwear with a classic look that also accommodates the modern urban lifestyle.
Tying laces on a pair of caribou leather moccasin shoes
Laurentian Chief has perfectly achieved this blend of traditional-meets-trend with their signature Leather Moccasins for Men. Handcrafted in Canada by the Eugène Cloutier company since 1945, these moccasins have been created and inspired by Indigenous art and techniques in the following unique ways:

Heritage Hides

Original moccasins were made with the strongest hides of animals found regionally: buffalo, elk, deer, caribou. These Laurentian Chief men’s moccasins are crafted with genuine, Natural Tan caribou hide, long prized for its lightweight durability. Rawhide laces complete the look.
Laurentian Chief Label
Men’s Caribou Moccasins are leather-lined, with a fully padded leather insole.

In keeping with the traditions of Indigenous communities and their respect for the Earth’s natural gifts, all pelts, skins, and furs used to make Laurentian Chief footwear are responsibly sourced.

Classic Design

The most prominent feature of a traditional moccasin is the U-shaped vamp with a stitched and gathered upper section. The leather appears puckered, with a very slightly upturned toe. Historically, this was done to protect the seam from potential damage underfoot, such as wet ground or rough terrain. Laurentian Chief’s modern Caribou Moccasin for Men is more akin to a loafer, retaining the signature puckered U-style vamp.
quality moccasin loafer for men made from genuine caribou leather

Superior Craftsmanship

Laurentian Chief’s moccasins are precisely measured, cut, and assembled with care. Each shoe is meticulously hand-stitched and finished using artisanal techniques passed down through generations of craftspeople. This attention to detail is the hallmark of the Eugène Cloutier company.
Hand-stitched vamp moccasins

Luxurious Comfort

The benefit of combining modern materials with traditional styling is true comfort. Laurentian Chief’s Caribou Moccasins for Men are completely leather-lined on the interior, with a cushioned double-leather insole. They have a sturdy rubber driver outsole for indoor/outdoor use, with adjustable rawhide laces for the perfect fit.
light natural tan moccasin loafers for men
Over time, the moccasin’s flexible caribou hides form-fit to your personal footprint for a truly customized fit. Easy to slip on and off, they feel cool, soft, and smooth against your bare foot, growing more comfortable the longer you wear them.
Available in Men’s sizes 7-13, these handsome moccasins can be ordered online and delivered directly to your door. Click here for more details:

There are many reasons why moccasins have stood the test of time and adapted in design to contemporary living. In creating their exceptional line of footwear, Laurentian Chief has embraced traditional materials and techniques, and applied thoughtful updates for a truly modern moccasin.
quality moccasin driver shoes for men in light tan
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  • The Brown Bear

    In response to William: Unfortunately we do not do custom orders so we do not have a light colored calf high moccasin at the moment.

  • William A. Grim Jr.

    Hi—-Do you make, calf high moccasins for men, in very light colored leather=Thank you for your help & time, with this request=Bill Grim===78 yr. old, VN-Vet

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