I love how moccasins afford so much freedom of movement with a tactile experience with the ground. I noticed a significant difference in my strength and balance when I started wearing toe shoes, (Vibram FiveFingers), and wanted to experience a similar sense of freedom paired with warmth for these chilly days.
When I set about to make these shoes, I researched a lot of styles, and settled in on a traditional moccasin shape, with a modified ankle rise so it could lace shut more like a sneaker. I like the utility of Chucks, but their soles are just so heavy!
So these drawings informed the cutting & stitching of my new kicks. You’ll notice some key lines: an upper horizontal, marking where the widest part of my toe knuckles were, and the actual half-way line of my foot, which is right where the foot transitions upwards, becoming the ankle. These guides help inform where the stitches should go, or how the shapes should conform.
There was a sweet old pair of leather pants that I had been hanging on to for years, for just such an occasion, and I cut into the legs gleefully with these pattern pieces. I had also stocked up on various leather paints, because–you know–it’s always a good idea to have gold leather paint, right?