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Look oh-so-hot in these comfy mocs
by Jill Alphonso

HALLELUJAH! The Minnetonka Moccasin brand has finally hit town.

The brand makes boots and moccasins, and is the name behind the It shoes that have been making the rounds at festivals on the feet of celebrities like Kate Moss and Drew Barrymore.

But Minnetonka isn't driven by celebrity endorsements. The company, founded more than 60 years ago, bases its designs on classic Native American styles.

Original moccasins, worn by various tribes in North America, were made from one piece of leather, stitched with sinew.

Moccasins are still being made and worn by many Indian tribes today, but have passed into the American mainstream.

Minnetonka Moccasin was named for a town in Minnesota which was home to the Dakota natives and the Ojibway tribe.

Little else is known about the company, which chooses to keep mum on its history and let the quality of its work do the talking (and walking).

The boots and mocs come in a range of styles, made from deerskin or cowhide. Find everything from beaded ankle boots to high-top back-zip boots.

Want to get further into the mystic-boho style? Well, get yourself a pair of fringed boots from Minnetonka.

And know this: When it comes to moccasins and boots, there are no better ones than those from Minnetonka.

There's barely any breaking in needed, and once they're on your feet, they're as easy to wear as flip-flops (water-proofing is recommended).

Here's one word of caution: Don't keep your mocs super-clean. Minnetonka is all about being casual, comfortable and real.

And mocs were meant to be really worn. Get them dirty - properly muddy and grungy. That's the real deal.

Minnetonka Moccasin is available at LeftFoot at Orchard Cineleisure, Far East Plaza and The Cathay; at Red Wing Shoe Shop at Suntec City Mall; 310 Woodland at The Heeren; and Adore Shop Shop at Clifford Centre. Prices range from $79 to $148.

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