It's "Feature Friday"! Today's featured in-store brand is Minnetonka Moccasins!;
1946- BORN IN A GIFT SHOP
It began in 1946. Americans took to the open road – they’d pile in their cars and take any highway west. They sought natural wonders and roadside attractions and returned home wearing Minnetonka moccasins.
Minnetonka moccasins were sold alongside gift shop mainstays such as china, glassware, American travel postcards, and many more treasures. Customers could find mocs for a starting price of $3.80.
1955- THE THUNDERBIRD MOC
Introduced in 1955, the iconic Thunderbird moc features the legendary creature considered a supernatural bird of power and strength.
The Thunderbird moc began as a gift shop staple and became a worldwide fashion favorite during the 1980’s Urban Cowboy trend. Today this product is an anchor in our collection that bridges the past with our present.
1960'S ‐ 70'S- SUMMER OF LOVE
Hippies redefined American identity through individuality. Fringe and moccasin styles became one way in which they expressed themselves.
The Classic Fringe moc hit shelves in the summer of 1967 and provided an outlet for men and women alike to demonstrate their independent spirit through style. It has remained a cherished style for five decades and counting.
1980'S- CULTURAL INFLUENCE
The western trend became popular in Europe based on a fascination with American culture and western styles. The trend caught on in the U.S., leading to the Urban Cowboy fad (based on the hit movie!) and propelling Minnetonka to the forefront of fashion as a must-have item.
From western style to performance vehicles, in 1986 we introduced our first driving moc. Young men and women discovered they were not only a driving go-to, but the perfect comfortable fashion statement paired with the popular stonewashed jeans of the era.
1990'S- FROM MOCS TO SANDALS
With over four decades of dedicated Minnetonka customers, demand led to the creation of our sandal collection. The styles were modeled after design elements popular in the mocs and boots.
Introduced in 2002, the Silverthorne has become the most popular sandal in our collection. It comes in over 10 different colors and fabrics, allowing many options for our customers to wear on any occasion.
2000 - 2010- BOHEMIA IS BACK
All the way from worldly music festivals to the feet of top models and Hollywood actresses, Minnetonka styles led the way as an essential for the boho chic lifestyle.
Boots with fringe- Originally introduced in 1968 (during the summer of love), the Front Lace Knee Hi Boot made a resurgence in the mid-2000’s. This unique style continues to be a top choice for influential fashion leaders and trendsetters.
TODAY- AROUND THE WORLD
Where they used to be seen as an accessory for a subculture, Minnetonka products have become fashionable for everyday. Travel the world and you will find Minnetonka in over 50 countries around the globe.
We remain a proudly independent, 4th generation family-run business that is dedicated to preserving the unique hand craftsmanship of our products. Our sustainable employment practices ensure that we’ll continue to produce the highest quality products for generations to come.