Manitobah Mukluks is steeped in rich history and has built a global brand that gives back to the Indigenous communities of Canada. The company was founded by Sean McCormick, who works to keep his native traditions alive. All mukluks and moccasins come with a Certificate of Authenticity. Buy your Manitobah Mukluks today with The WoolPress online + instore at 40 Buckingham Street in historic Arrowtown.
Because mukluks weigh little, there is no need for heavy lacing; friction is enough to hold them on the foot. Some mukluks are very lightly laced (through external loops sewn into the seams, so as not to leak). They may be laced over the arch of the foot, or around the top of the boot to stiffen it. Many, however, are designed without lacing, to avoid constricting the circulation and making the foot cold. The top of the boot stands up somewhat stiffly, and may be open at the top, which allows moisture to escape.
The skin requires laborious preparation. Seals must be skinned, and the skins blubbered, washed in dish soap, scraped to clean them, hung to drain, and then stretched to dry outside. The skins may be bleached in the sun, and for summer kamik, they are generally scraped clean of fur to allow watertight stitching. Blind-stitching (not piercing the full depth of the skin) with sinew, which shrinks when wet, helps keep mukluks watertight. Commercial boots of modern materials will often require seam-sealing after purchase if they are to be fully waterproof.
For insulation, mukluks may be lined with furs such as caribou, rabbit, fox and raccoon. Commercial sheepskin may be used to line and sole boots, as of the first decade of the 20th century. Down, polyester, and closed-celled EVA foam is also used in soft-soled boots. The inner boot may also be made of textile, or wool felt.
Now you can see some of the moccasins and mukluks made by other craftspeople that I have collected. Take a look at my moccasin collection or my mukluk collection. Want to make your own moccasins or mukluks? Check out my patterns, my recommended book list and my list of where to buy craft supplies. My Men's moccasin pattern is now available in whole sizes 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. If you're really enthusiastic you can see my adventures in tanning deerhide. How much do you know about moccasins? Try my moccasin quiz. Want to say hi? Email me. New email address Who is Judy Kavanagh? This web site has been operating continuously since November, 1995 59ce067264