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    Highland footwear

    I have been wanting to make a pair of "Highland moccasins", but haven't been able to find clear pictures and/or a pattern. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    This is what I'm planning to use...

    http://www.longago.com/colonialmen.html
    Go to the bottom of the page.

    Currently wearing a quasi Plains Indian/Scots style, but will be updating things, soon I hope.

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    Have not myself, but I know a couple of folks who've made ghillies from this guide;
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Viking-shoes/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilted Hiker View Post
    I have been wanting to make a pair of "Highland moccasins", but haven't been able to find clear pictures and/or a pattern. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    What do you mean by "Highland moccasins"?


    If you mean the knee-high, fringed suede "squaw boots", please reconsider...

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidlpope View Post
    What do you mean by "Highland moccasins"?


    If you mean the knee-high, fringed suede "squaw boots", please reconsider...
    I agree, don't contaminate our traditional American footwear with those kilts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidlpope View Post
    What do you mean by "Highland moccasins"?


    If you mean the knee-high, fringed suede "squaw boots", please reconsider...
    I'm sure he's referring to the rawhide "moccasins" known as cuarans, worn by highlanders in the 18th and earlier centuries:



    Check out the patterns called "Irish" 3 & 4, and "pampootie" here:
    http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc...hoe/SLIST2.HTM
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    Woodsheal,

    Those are exacty what I was looking for! Thank for the help.

    Bugbear

    davidlpope, actually, those "squaw boots" do not differ from the Scottish cuarans by much. Same material, same time period, same purpose, same stitching and lacing.

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    Those seem to be relataed to the pampootie (pamputa in Gaelic), which are still worn in the Aran isles off the west coast of Ireland



    These traditional Gaelic shoes are described in 1542, John Elder writing of the dress of Highlanders to King Henry VIII

    "...we can not suffir bair footide...after we have slayne redd deir, we flaye of the skyne, bey and bey, and settinge of our bair foote on the insyde therof, for neid of cunnynge shoemakers, by your Graces pardon, we play the sutters; compasinge and mesuringe so moche therof, as shall retche up to our ancklers, pryckynge the upper part thereof also with holis, that the watrer may repas wher it entris, and stretchide up with a stronge thwange of the same, meitand above our saide ancklers, so, and pleas your noble Grace, we make our shoois: Therefor, we using suche maner of shoois, the roghe hairie syde outwart..."

    In The Highlanders Of Scotland most of the ghillies which appear are light brown, perhaps suede. One of the subjects, Kenneth MacSwyde, is wearing a waistbelt and crossbelt with the fur still on the leather, indeed "the roghe hairie syde outwart".
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    Not the best illustrations.

    http://www.appins.org/pampooties.htm

    Just remember these were quickly made and crude footwear. They wore out quickly and another pair was just as quickly made.
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    Smile Here are some I made earlier

    Made these in 1982 for a re-actment walk from Culloden over the hills to Blair Atholl.



    No pattern so made them up roughly to fit with a separate inner-sole. Roughly 100 miles, very comfortable, no rubbing or blisters and would easily have done another couple of hundred. Interesting crossing a wet snow field at 2000' in April

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