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A guide to men’s moccasins

Moccasins guide

Moccasins (which are also called men’s driving shoes) have been around for hundreds of years. These days, they have become one of the coolest shoe trends.

Moccasins are a classy alternative to flip flops, sneakers and sandals. They are very comfortable summer shoes that add a touch of style to your day-to-day casual look. Therefore, I want to tell you more about moccasins and give you some recommendations on how to wear them.

Moccassins guide

What are moccasins?

Native Americans were making first moccasins out of deerskin or another soft leather. Such shoes did not have a sole and were created from one single piece of material coming together with a seam at the top. Nowadays, moccasins have a sole, but still have bold seam lines and do not feature a defined heel. They can be decorated with beading, tassels or some embroidery. These lightweight and breathable shoes offer a perfect balance between durability and flexibility.

The difference between moccasins and loafers

Loafers and moccasins are quite similar but have some differences in their heels and the ways they are worn. Loafers feature a thick heel like typical dress shoes, while moccasins are always heelless. Both moccasins and loafers can be made from suede or leather. However, leather loafers work well for some formal occasions, while moccasins are appropriate for events that are more casual. 

Moccasins guide

Things to consider when buying moccasins

The sole

Driving moccasins mostly feature patterned soles, which give your feet a better grasp on pedals. However, there are other types of moccasins, which may have smooth, plain or soft soles designed from leather and rubber. I recommend you choose a rubber sole, which provides grip, comfort and durability.


The best option is premium quality leather as it provides excellent comfort and will last for years. However, suede is quite comfortable and looks very stylish as well. Whatever you choose, make sure the material is high quality.

Stitching and construction

Always pay attention to the construction and stitching. Hand-stitched moccasins are beyond comparison. However, machine-stitched moccasins can also be great if done properly.

Moccasins guide

How to wear moccasins?

Moccasins are very popular and versatile shoes, which you can wear with a wide range of different outfits. Always consider the colour of your driving shoes and remember that they should match your outfit. Shoes in the different shades of brown are the most popular, however, you can easily find them in black, olive green, white, blue etc. There is an option for every style and outfit.

If you want to wear your leather or suede shoes with pants, make sure that hems aren’t too long or wide. Otherwise, you may ruin a great shoe silhouette. Moccasins are great spring and summer shoes, which can be perfectly paired with jeans, chinos or shorts as well. To make up a smart casual look, opt for clean and neutral tops. Men’s leather driving shoes in classic brown tones work great for business casual events at the office, while moccasins in contemporary bright hues are the best for your personal downtime. You should wear them without socks or with no show socks.

With jeans

Wear dark denim with a white or neutral T-shirt and slightly fold the hems. This relaxed and stylish outfit is perfect for a walk in cool weather with your friends or family.

With chinos

For a balanced look, pair your leather driving shoes with slim-fit chinos and a classic pullover. This look works great for smart-casual events, date nights and many other informal occasions.

With shorts

Moccasins are perfect for spring and summer as they are looser than other shoes. They will always help you stay cool in hot weather. Pair them with a collared shirt and tailored shorts for a more casual and practical look.

Moccassins guide

Care guide

Get a suede brush

If there is some dirt clogged in the suede, use this brush. Lightly brush in the same direction as the material so you don’t damage it. For any bigger scuffs or stains, carefully go in both directions, just make sure the shoes are dry.

Buy a suede rubber

It may seem odd, but a suede rubber is like an eraser for a pencil. It can remove light marks and stains that have appeared.

Use a spray protection

Before wearing moccasins, cover your shoes with a suede protection spray. This spray can prevent marks, scuffs and dirt. However, it won’t make your shoes resistant to water, you can use a special water protection spray if necessary. Apply a spray after every cleaning.

Let the shoes dry naturally

Even if a water spray protection can make your shoes resistant to water, better keep them out of the rain. If the shoes got wet, don’t put them near a heat source, but let them dry naturally.

This way, they will preserve their shape, colour and feel.

Alessandro Rocco Pietrocola is an entrepreneur, fintecher, investor, blogger and author based in London and operating mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with main focus on UK, Baltic Countries, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE, Middle East and New Zealand as area of interest! At the moment is the CEO of Astorts Group. He is an UK FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and NZ FSPR (Financial Service Provider Register) Approved Person and has great experience as director of regulated companies.
He uses to dedicate part of his life to inspire others and help them achieve the most out of their lives. Since he was 20, he had successfully founded and managed several companies operating in the field of management consulting, wealth management and fintech. He is Member of Institute of Directors in London, Member of Changer Club in Riga, Member of Fintech Association of Hong Kong, Member of Singapore Fintech Association, Member of Non Executive Director Association in London and Member of Alumni Network of Draper University in San Francisco. He loves travelling, he is a cigars lover, an amateur golfer and a dapper man.

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