What Are Mukluks Boots?

Do you know what are Mukluks boots?

Looking for an absolutely traditional, super old-school, winter boot? Search no more, because today we are dedicating an entire article to such wonder.

Ever heard of mukluks?

What are Mukluks Boots?

The origin of the name comes from the Yupik word ˝maklak˝, which stands for the bearded seal. In fact, mukluks were originally made from sealskin, but also reindeer skin.

They were invented and worn by aboriginal people across the Arctic, especially the Inuit, Yupik and Iñupiat people.

They were adapted to hunters so were very soft soled in order for them being able to move quietly. Additionally, they are extremely light weight, so they often have just some basic lacing or no lacing at all. This can also allow the feet to breathe, being more open at the top.

How are they Manufactured?

Mukluk boots are, as already mentioned, made of sealskin or reindeer skin. Sealskin was especially used to create waterproof boots, for any hunting actions on muddy and wet land. During dry and really cold winters, fur (raccoon, rabbit or fox) would be added on the outer side, to offer more warmth to their feet. Their sole is wrapped, so that the seam is on the top instead of the bottom, avoiding potential leaks.

Mukluks which are manufactured in such traditional way, tend to stiffen after a year, so need some additional maintenance to stretch them again.

Modern Versions

In modern areas of the World, mukluks are obviously not made out of so many animals. Instead, more nature friendly versions include versions where wool is used in a combination with soft leather. Keeping track with the originals, modern versions can also include various decorations, such as embroidery, beads or pompoms.


I hope this article has helped with explaining what mukluk boots are.

It is important to cherish the traditional versions of boots, isn’t it? Please do leave your comments on this, and feel free to suggest another boot type of traditional boot you would like to be mentioned.

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