My Minnetonka Story: Kate Lines of She Writes Home
What was your first pair of Minnetonka moccasins?
My first pair were the Kilty Suede mocs and they continue to be my very favorite shoe!
Where were your first pair of Minnetonka mocs purchased?
My moc’s were a gift from my sweet and very thoughtful father in law a few years ago. I’d been eyeing them for months, and he heard me mention them just once and bought me a pair. He even guessed the right size! I love my mocs for lot’s of reasons, but the main one is that they always make me think of my husband’s fantastic Dad. Anytime I wear them somewhere out of the ordinary I send him a picture text with a caption that reads “the Mocs are in ______ today!”
What is your favorite memory involving your Minnetonka mocs?
My husband and I we’re canoeing in Idaho last summer, and of course I was wearing my trusty mocs when our canoe capsized! We swam to shore and it wasn’t until later that evening when I took off my mocs that I realized they’d dyed my feet camel brown! It was a battle scar I was proud of.
How far have you and your Minnetonka mocs traveled?
My Minnetonka mocs have been to nearly every national forest in the Western United States! They’ve logged lots of miles of walking, hiking, kayaking, camping, and biking through the big ones like Yellowstone, Moab, Zions, and the Grand Canyon. They are a constant in my backpack to switch out of tennis shoes or hiking boots as soon as we set up camp. My little mocs have been through quite a lot, but they’ve held up- those little troopers!
Describe your Minnetonka style.
I would say my style is tom boy-boho. The thing I love about Minnetonka is they can take a tom-boy style boho and a boho style tom-boy. If I’m wearing a feminine maxi dress my mocs make it a little more rough and tumble. And if I’m wearing shorts and a band tee my mocs give the look a more 70′s vibe.
Tell us your Minnetonka story!
Do you remember your first pair of Minnetonka moccasins? Are you a lifelong Minnetonka fan? Tell us your Minnetonka story!
We would love to hear your Minnetonka memories. Please answer the following questions, sharing your Minnetonka story with us.
- What was your first pair of Minnetonka moccasins or boots?
- Where were your first pair of Minnetonkas purchased?
- What is your favorite memory involving your Minnetonkas?
- How far have you and your Minnetonkas traveled? (i.e. Coolest city you’ve visited in the world wearing your Minnetonka’s)
- Describe your Minnetonka style.
Email us your story along with a photo of yourself (past or present) in your Minnetonkas at myminnetonkastory@
Please include your contact information including name, email and phone number so that we may contact you with further questions!
My Minnetonka Entry Details & Rules:
- Email your story to myminnetonkastory@
minnetonkamocc.com, answering the above questions and providing requested images
- Submission must include full name, age, and address
- To be eligible, you must LIKE the Minnetonka Facebook page (or already be a fan!)
- One entry per person
- Sorry, but you must live in the US or Puerto Rico, and you must be 18 or older
- Minnetonka will select one story to spotlight the first and third week of each month.
- If your story is selected, you will be notified in advance. Upon submission you release all provided materials to Minnetonka for potential use on the Minnetonka Moccasin blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.
- Winners will have their choice of moccasins or slippers. Prizes will be mailed within 2 weeks of story spotlight.
With summer’s end in sight and the thought of cooler temps on the way we can’t help but have a little spring style fever for next year’s upcoming trends. Sneak a peek at a few exciting new Minnetonka styles and colors in store for Spring/ Summer ’13.
Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Sterling Leather
New Hope Location 97 S Main Street Rt., New Hope, PA 18938
Peddler’s Village Location 263 & Rt. 202, Lahaska, PA 18931
This week we are excited to spotlight Sterling Leather. With two locations providing a wide assortment of Minnetonka styles, one in New Hope, PA the quaint riverside town along the Delaware River, and the other at Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, PA.
Owned and operated by Stan Rubinstein, Sterling Leather opened in 1980 and has carried the Minnetonka brand in its stores since inception. Catering to local customers and tourists, Sterling Leather prides themselves in carrying the full line of Minnetonka products for both men and women. They also carry a variety of popular sandal styles from the Silverthorne and Boca Collections.
Check out our interview with Stan and the next time you are in New Hope or Lahaska, be sure to stop by Sterling Leather to say hi and shop their wide variety of Minnetonka products!
What’s your Minnetonka story?
Minnetonka has played a key role in the theme of Sterling Leather since our opening in 1980. Our store is comprised of styles ranging from rugged western to classic and contemporary fashion. We offer a broad selection of unique products, including some of the highest quality leather goods available. We specialize in all types of leather footwear, especially cowboy boots and moccasins, and Minnetonka is central to our theme.
What are the most popular Minnetonka styles at Sterling Leather?
The most popular styles of Minnetonka vary from year to year. First the Thunderbird moccasins in any color were all the rage and now the Kilty suede moc has become extremely popular with our customers. However, no one can argue that the Cally slipper for women and the Casey for men are just perfect for fashion and comfort.
What are a few of your favorite “must see” destinations when visiting the New Hope and Lahaska areas near Sterling Leather?
Anyone visiting either of our stores will never be without a variety of things to do after shopping for their Minnetonkas. The areas are always featured as a “top destination” with many bed and breakfasts, restaurants and tourist attractions. For the more active individual there is boating on the Delaware, scenic bike riding and hiking. If you are interested in more cultural events, the area is full of museums, art galleries, and historic areas such as Washington’s Crossing and various unique antique shops. The New Hope County Playhouse just had a major renovation and is open for theatrical events. If shopping is your thing, Peddler’s Village has more than 70 unique shops and is adjacent to Penn’s Purchase, which offers discount brand outlets.
Minnetonka Blogger Spotlight: Chelsea of Zipped
We’re very excited today to spotlight the style of Chelsea, the blogger behind Zipped, one of our favorite fashion blogs to visit for a variety of fun style ideas and looks. We are always admiring the details Chelsea incorporates into her timeless, classic style that constantly gives her look a fresh twist. We love these three looks Chelsea effortlessly styled incorporating a few of her favorite Minnetonka products including the 3-Layer Fringe boot, the Back Zipper Hardsole boot and Feather moc.
Find out a little more about Chelsea’s personal style and what inspires her in our Q&A. Plus stop by to visit Zipped for more of Chelsea’s excellent style ideas and to enter to win a pair of Minnetonka Feather mocs.
What’s your Minnetonka story?
My Minnetonka story begins in 2007 with a pair of cognac Tramper boots in my shopping cart on Piperlime.com. I never ordered them myself, but my mother surprised me by getting them for my seventeenth birthday! The comfort level is unsurpassed, and the fringe + lacing detail adds the perfect amount of visual interest to basic jeans and a tee.
If you could explain your style in one word or phrase, what would it be?
“Classic comfort.” If a piece of clothing isn’t comfy, I won’t buy it. I go for pieces that are simple and timeless, sometimes with a loud print or special detail that will take it to the next level.
Whose style inspires you?
I’m always inspired by Whitney Port. Her style has evolved so much since her first few days in the spotlight. I love how she styles her looks.
What song do you currently have on repeat?
The song I have on repeat right now is Autumn Tree by Milo Greene.
What’s on your summer reading list?
My must-reads this summer are I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron and The Mansion of Happiness by Jill Lepore. I am a huge nonfiction fan!
Where is your favorite summer destination?
When I lived in Washington state, I loved visiting beaches along the Pacific coast. Now that I’m stuck in the center of the country, I love visiting Lake Calhoun here in Minnesota! It has beautiful beaches and plenty of surrounding entertainment.
My Minnetonka must have item is _______
My Minnetonka must-have item is a comfy pair of Kilty mocs. They fit my feet like a glove.
All photos by Julia Mary.