OUR MATERIALS

DISCOVER THE RICH MATERIALS THAT MAKE MINNETONKA


Since 1946, we’ve crafted exceptional shoes, boots, slippers and more. But our footwear is only as good as what it’s made from — which is why we use only the finest materials, to ensure comfort, durability, and timeless style.

Regarding sustainability, we ensure that the tanneries we work with are using environmentally friendly business practices. In the Dominican Republic the tannery we work with has received gold certification from the Leather Working Group for sustainable business practices. In Mexico the tannery we work with has received silver certification from the Leather Working Group and has received environmental recognition for reporting emissions and creating energy efficiency. In China the tannery we work with adheres to strict government standards and we’re working with them to achieve formal certification in the future.

Curious to learn more about our materials? Discover the natural leathers, hides and papers that go into making Minnetonka.

COWHIDE LEATHER 

Smooth cowhide leather brings a bit more structure and formality to our moccasin styles, while still wrapping your feet in comfy softness.

COWHIDE SUEDE

Velvety-soft suede is a Minnetonka signature. Brushed cowhide suede creates ultra-comfortable, ultra-beautiful moccasins and boots, in vibrant colors as well as earthy neutrals.

MOOSEHIDE

Our moosehide comes from a family-owned tannery in Finland and provides the ultimate in supple yet durable leather.

DEERSKIN

Our soft, buttery deerskin is sourced in the U.S. and is used to create a number of styles that feel as light as air on your feet.

HORWEEN LEATHER

Our premium line of P.W. driving mocs are made with all-American, aniline Horween Leather. A family-owned company based in Chicago, Horween sources in the U.S. and is also the maker of the NFL's official football leather.

SHEEPSKIN

Top-grade sheepskin from Australia, New Zealand, and North America is used in our sheepskin slippers and boots to keep your feet snug and warm.

RECYCLED CARDBOARD

Every pair of shoes we sell is nestled inside a signature Minnetonka box. Every single box is made of 100% recycled materials and printed with earth-friendly soy ink.

NUBUCK

Nubuck is made by buffing top-grain cowhide leather to create a durable but velvety surface.

ANATOMY OF MINNETONKA

CUSHION INSOLE - Dual-density padding makes every step easy on the feet.

LACES - Genuine suede, rawhide leather, or woven cotton laces are hand-tied in a bow.

UNIQUE DETAILS - Thoughtful accents like hand laced plugs and fringe give you a standout look.

LEATHER UPPERS - Genuine cowhide, moosehide, and deerskin provide supple durability to the shoe's main body.

COMFORT MIDSOLE - Many of our modern styles have added comfort features like padded midsoles and contoured footbeds.

SHOCK ABSORBING RUBBER SOLE - Ninety-five individual nubs help provide a sturdy grip while staying lightweight and flexible.