Moccasins, with their rich history and unique comfort, have become a staple in many wardrobes. At Fish Creek Moccasin, we understand the importance of a perfect fit. A common question we encounter is: will moccasins stretch out? The answer lies in understanding the materials and craftsmanship that go into making these timeless shoes.
Understanding Moccasin Materials
The key to a moccasin’s ability to stretch lies in its material. Traditional moccasins are crafted from natural leathers like deerskin, moosehide, or cowhide. These materials are known for their flexibility and durability.
- Deerskin: Soft and supple, deerskin molds to the shape of your foot. It stretches comfortably, offering a custom fit over time.
- Moosehide: Thicker than deerskin, moosehide provides a sturdy structure while still allowing for a reasonable stretch.
- Cowhide: Often used in more contemporary moccasin styles, cowhide offers less stretch but maintains shape and support over time.
Do Moccasins Stretch Out?
Yes, moccasins do stretch out, but how much depends on the leather type and the construction of the shoe. Handcrafted moccasins from Fishcreek Moccasin, for example, are designed to gently stretch and conform to your feet, providing a snug, yet comfortable fit.
Ensuring the Perfect Fit
When selecting moccasins, consider the following:
- Initial Fit: Choose a size that feels snug but not uncomfortably tight. Remember, the leather will stretch.
- Wearing In: Wear your moccasins at home for short periods to allow them to stretch and mold to your feet naturally.
- Sizing Tips: If you’re between sizes, opt for the smaller size, as the leather will give way to create more room.
Caring for Your Moccasins
Proper care can influence how your moccasins stretch and age:
- Conditioning: Regularly apply a leather conditioner to keep the leather supple.
- Storage: Store your moccasins in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
If you find your moccasins a bit too snug, there are safe ways to stretch them:
- Shoe Stretchers: Use a shoe stretcher overnight to gently expand the leather.
- Professional Stretching: Consider taking your moccasins to a professional for safe stretching.
To sum it all up, moccasins made with high-quality materials do stretch out to provide a custom fit.