Elleth wrote:OMG I remember those moccasins! They were *the* rage when I was in middle school for good ol' boy metalheads and SCA geeks alike. Back in the dark ages before lots of historical craftsmen had websites and importation businesses it was the closest thing you could get to a medieval boot. I still have mine and though they've lost a sole and a couple of the lace holes have pulled out they're still in decent enough shape to go woodstromping in.
With all the stuff on the modern market I'd not go that route today however. Even if you must have suede, I think there's better options out there today.
Personally I'd look at Armstreet or Bohemond for off-the-rack.
I've got a new pair of Minne Mocs. Yes, they are still made of bottom-grain suede (yech!) but they are relatively cheap and very comfy.
I'm thinking of kit-bashing them, and taking them apart to replace some of the parts with good buffalo hide.
Some of the other boots have seams that are very close to the ground, meaning that water can get in easily.