My Minnetonka Story: Barb Wells

Barb Wells at 12 years old in her first pair of Minnetonka mocs!

My Minnetonka Story: Barb Wells

What was your first pair of Minnetonka mocs?
My very first pair of moccasins were purchased from a little shop in the Wisconsin Dells when I was about 12 years old. I remember begging my mom for them and that I must have them in black. I fell in LOVE with them and wore them EVERYWHERE… I felt like the cool kid at school. They were a pair of Back Zipper boots (the photo above is right after I got them).

What is your favorite memory involving your Minnetonka moccasins?
My favorite memory is when I wore them to a Motley Crue concert at Alpine Valley Music Theatre and there was tons of mud on the hill and I took them off and carried them all night so they wouldn’t get dirty. I hung on to them for my life and walked barefoot all night in the mud.

How far have you and your Minnetonka mocs traveled?
I have taken my moccasins as far as Key West, FL and they have been to lots of different places (if only they could talk).

Describe your Minnetonka style.
Although I owned many different styles throughout my life so far, I really love the Driving moccasins and the Fringe boots.  As long as they are Minnetonka Moccasins, I am good with whatever style they are.

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 Minnetonka mocs purchased?
  • What is your favorite memory involving your Minnetonka mocs?
  • How far have you and your Minnetonka mocs 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  If your story is selected we will send you a free pair of Minnetonka mocs, your choice!

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Blogger Spotlight: BonBon Rose Girls

Kristin of BonBon Rose Girls in her Minnetonka 3-Layer Fringe Boots!

Kristin's adorable daughter modeling her Mini-tonka style in a pair of hot pink Double Fringe Side Zip Booties

Kristin in her Minnetonka must-haves a pair of Full Leopard Mocs

Blogger Spotlight:  Kristin of BonBon Rose Girls

Today we spotlight the Minnetonka style of Kristin from the style blog BonBon Rose Girls. Find out what Kristin’s Minnetonka must-have is in our Q&A and check out how she styled a few of her favorite Minnetonka products including the Full Leopard Moc, 3-Layer Fringe Boots and an adorable pair of hot pink Double Fringe Side Zip Booties worn by her daughter, already a budding fashionista!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
I’ve been a long time admirer of the free spirited look of Minnetonka boots. The 3-layer fringe beauties have been calling my name for quite a while now and once I saw the baby boots, I knew that my lil’ lady bean and I had to have mommy and me Minnetonkas! A tradition has officially been born.

If you could explain your style in one word or phrase what would it be?
Effervescent…I have fun with my look by doing things like glamming up a boho piece with some sparkle!

Whose style inspires you?
Diane Kruger can do no wrong in my opinion. And no ones does tousled edge quite like Kate Moss. I find inspiration in everything from my favorite bloggers, to nature and even food. I’ve been known to style a look after seeing a color combo that I liked in a cupcake. Am I alone?

What’s your favorite city?
Washington D.C. is hands down my favorite city. It has everything to offer in terms of history and culture. Plus, foodies can’t go wrong there. Have I mentioned that I like to eat?

My Minnetonka must-have item is _________.
My Minnetonka must have item is the Full Leopard Moc because they’re like butter, they’re so comfortable and I’m a sucker for a good animal print!

DIY Project: Fabric Covered Attachments

Today we are excited to feature another adorable DIY project for your Classic Fringe Boots created by Liz of Cotton & Curls. Check out Liz’s tutorial below on how to make a cute pair of Fabric Covered Attachments and be sure to stop by Cotton & Curls today and enter to win a pair of Minnetonka Classic Fringe Boots of your own to DIY!

DIY: Fabric Covered Attachments

Liz of Cotton & Curls in her adorable Fabric Covered Attachments for her Classic Fringe Boots

A couple squares of fabric
Needle and thread and/or sewing machine
Measuring tape
Paper and pencil

1. Take some paper and a pencil and make a pattern of the top of your shoe.  Do this by laying the paper on the top part of your shoe and tracing it with a pencil, outlining where the thread hits or where the pieces of the shoe join together.

2. Measure the top part of the shoe, and write down the measurements on the pattern piece you made, checking it for accuracy.

3. Cut out the paper pattern piece with an added 1/2″ around it for the added seam allowance. It is ok if it isn’t perfect.

4. Cut fabric pieces from the paper piece. Cut 4 full pieces out, two stay the full piece, and the two pieces are cut in half (into 2 pieces), cut it right where the tongue of the shoe will begin. So you will then be left with 6 pieces all together. 2 full pieces and 4 half pieces.

5. Take the 4 pieces (2 will be sewn to the back of one non-cut piece), and hem the straight parts, where they were cut. Do this by folding the end under an eighth to a quarter inch twice and sew a straight stitch across it to secure it in place.

6. Take the top and bottom back pieces you just hemmed, and sew it to the full front piece around just the outside. Make sure when you sew them together, the front sides of the fabric (the outside part with the pattern) are touching.

7. Turn the fabric piece right side out and iron down flat.

8. Slide the tongue part opening of the fabric piece over the tongue of the shoe.

9. With a needle and thread (I used embroidery thread for a thicker look), attach the fabric piece around the threading of the front part of the shoe. The tongue of the shoe should stay in place.