My Minnetonka Story: Jodi Hammond

Jodi & her mom matching in their white Thunderbird Boat Sole Mocs!

Jodi's Minnetonka style

Hiking & exploring in her favorite pair of Thunderbird II mocs

My Minnetonka Story: Jodi Hammond

What was your first pair of Minnetonka mocs?
White Boat Sole Thunderbirds!

When did you receive your first pair of Minnetonka mocs?
Each year either my Mother or my Grandmother would take me to an adorable set of shops in Nisswa, MN to go shopping for the day. There were stores with trinkets, clothes, hardware, games, candy, ice cream and, well I could go on. One of my favorite shops is called The Totem Pole, it’s still there today, and they sell little toys, moccasins and other goods.

My Mother would walk around in white leather Minnetonka Thunderbirds all the time and as all little girls do, they want to be just like their moms. I would get new ones each year as I grew to match hers and they were always in white. I thought white was the most girly because there weren’t pink ones then, even though I’d run around and get them dirty all the time.

What is your favorite memory involving your Minnetonka moccasins?
My Grandmother has always been a great teacher of all things natural; one of my favorite things to do with her every year was go blueberry picking and my moccasins were always leading the way. We’d drive up to Northern Minnesota and slowly crawl down the dirt trails to beautiful mossy tree groves and pick them wild. We even met up with a few curious bears from time to time and would quickly rustle to the car! On the way out of the trail she’d stop and point out animal tracks in the dirt. We’d end up with buckets full and would make jams, syrups and yummy pancakes.

How far have you and your Minnetonka mocs traveled?
I haven’t traveled far and wide, but my favorite places to wear my moccasins have always been right in my backyard. We lived right on the Mississippi River and had a small lake home up North, so I’d always be tromping around in the dirt or playing in the sand; what else is a girl with three brothers to do! I love exploring parks and hiking trails in my moccasins.

Describe your Minnetonka style.
During the week I like to go more vintage for work and my mocs help add comfort, texture, color and style. On the weekend I like to dress more boho earthbound and my mocs keep me going on my adventures of thrifting or exploring outdoors. You can dress them up or dress them down and they’re perfect with jeans or a pretty dress.


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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