Saturday, 20 September 2014
MATERIALS USED IN MAKING MOCCASINS AND HOW TO CARE FOR THEM.
you guys might be wondering why am i dwelling on moccasins? the truth is i love seeing guys on mocs cos it looks sexy and cute on them.
Today am going to list out the materials used in making them and how to care for them.
Materials Used for Men’s Driving Moccasins
Since men purchase driving moccasins mainly for comfort, it is important to consider the material of the shoes when shopping for a pair. The table below shows the most commonly used materials and their descriptions to help the reader decide the best one for his needs.
Suede is made from the interior split of a leather hide, giving it a smooth brushed finish. This material can be worn all year round, except during damp or rainy weather. While it is more affordable than full leather, it is also less durable.
2. Cowhide leather
This is the most commonly used material for driving moccasins. Cowhide is a kind of leather that has gone through several tanning processes. It is more durable than suede but also more expensive.
Deerskin can be easily distinguished from other materials because it has natural scars and scratches due to the deer’s natural habitat. It is known for its comfort, softness, flexibility, and durability.
The charm of moosehide is its soft, buttery texture that gives additional comfort to the wearer. Like deerskin, this material may have scratches or scars that attest to its authenticity. It is very durable, and with proper care, it can be worn for a long time.
Also known as lambskin, this material features a combination of wool fur and leather skin. One drawback of sheepskin is that it is sensitive to moisture. Since men tend to sweat more than women in the foot area, it may not be the best choice for those with active lifestyles.
6. Synthetic leather
Synthetic or artificial leather is an inexpensive substitute for real animal hide. It looks and feels like genuine leather, but it can be more durable in some instances and have better resistance against stains and moisture.
Comfort is key when it comes to purchasing driving moccasins. Since the materials vary in terms of design and price, one should also consider his style preference as well as budget.
How to Care for Men’s Driving Moccasins
Like any other type of shoe, driving moccasins should be properly cared for so that they can be used for a long time. The kind of maintenance usually depends on the type of material. Here are some quick tips for several common materials used for driving moccasins.
To clean suede driving moccasins, a suede cleaning kit is required. This kit usually contains a small stiff brush that has soft and metal bristles, and a suede eraser. The suede eraser is used for removing stains, while the brush is used for removing dirt and dust. An important thing to remember is to brush suede driving mocs in the same direction to keep them looking new.
* Cowhide Leather, Moosehide, Deerskin
Leather driving mocs need to be cleaned with a leather shoe cleaner to remove surface dirt. Use a sponge, and apply the cleaner on the shoes using a circular motion. Afterward, allow the driving moccasins to dry for a few minutes, and then shine them with a soft cotton cloth.
Sheepskin driving moccasins can be gently hand washed using lukewarm water and a soap specifically for leather products. After washing, use a towel to remove excess moisture, and then the shoes should be air-dried. One can also use a soft, damp cloth for cleaning small stains.
* Synthetic Leather
Synthetic leather mocs can be easily cleaned with a soft, damp cloth. If there is too much dirt on the shoes, one can use a gentle leather shampoo to wash them.
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