While most moccasins are made from deer or deer skin, some are made from buffalo. Buffalo and bull skins are used to make moccasins in New York’s Catskill Mountains, as buffaloes have roamed freely for thousands of years, although their numbers have declined sharply in recent times. Buffalo and cowhide is a strong leather skin that is suitable for Catskill moccasins to survive in harsh forest conditions and temperatures. Woodstock, New York is also home to a company called Catskill Mountain Moccasins, where they make custom moccasins with real buffalo skin and cowhide for every order.
Native Americans used buffalo skin for Catskill moccasins because they always used meat, because they always used every part of the animal for food or clothing. These skins are still flexible like deer or elk and still have exceptional durability. Mount Catskill moccasins are worn like other sheepskin and are worn by Indigenous Indians for a variety of reasons, including hunting and special events such as weddings in which they wear more elegant ball gowns.
These Catskill moccasins are similar to the original moccasins of other tribes and are designed with their own colors and tribal patterns with beads, colors and symbols. They are made of yarn with pieces of concealment sewn together by small leather straps to connect each part of the concealer in the form of a full boot or a main shoe, and are used only to cover the feet. Most members of the tribe, including children and others, wore them, some with sophisticated art and others only with their colors and extra hiding places for hunting or hiking in the mountains.
Catskill moccasins are now generally made from cowhide, as buffaloes are an endangered species, but whether from modern structures that are fully bonded and polished, or traditional, fragmented moccasins made by Native Americans. They used to wear it a long time ago, they still make great shoes.