I’m hoping to use a moccasin lower section with a melton leg section as suggested for mukluk construction by MacPhee Workshop’s book and kit. I debated making a fully waterproof boot made all of leather, but I don’t think my skills are quite up to that level yet. I think having the lower section of the shoe made of leather should give them a modicum of water resistance, and as long as I’m wearing wool socks I should be kept from freezing to death if any water does intrude into my foot space.
I already have a fair amount of melton from the mukluk kit, but I will be needing to go to the store and find some leather. I expect I’ll want something relatively thick for insulation value, but with a bit of give to keep it reasonably easy to work with. This go round, I will be stitching and gluing the sole to the shoe as I still have been experiencing delamination with my moccasins. I haven’t decided yet whether to use the same moccasin design as suggested by MacPhee Workshop or to use one of the others outlined in the other moccasin-making book I picked up, the Craft Manual of North American Indian Footwear by George M. White.
I plan on getting another update up once I pick the shoe type and leather for the project. See you then!