Air Force Survival Moccasins ( Long post, pic heavy)

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  1. Sgt. Mac

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    First I'd like to start off by say thanx to Terry, and Mr. Black with their help on this project.

    Awhile back I had come across a pic of of some US Air Force Survival Moccasins. After talkin to Terry and Mr. Black about them some, I learned that this was a piece of survival gear that would have been part of the contents of a "Red Sled" that would have been dropped to downed Personnel in a cold winter environment.

    You can read about the Red Sled in Terry's thread here:
    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24252


    The Mocs are designed to be worn in a cold winter environment, but not nec. with wet snow/slush. I had an idea to make them a little bit more versatile to be used in any where. so this is what I came up with

    Here's what they looked liked initially. There is no left or right foot. and one size fits all. With the lashings of the cords and the use of the tabs on the back of the Moc you can adjust then for any shoe size, and can be worn with or with out a felt wool liner, or wool socks.

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    The first thing I wanted to do was change the color, so I made my own OD green dye by mixing Blue and yellow Rit Dye. I also dyed the white cords

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    To further help with a little water proofing I then waxed the now green canvas uppers (Third pic down)

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    Next was to dye the leather. I wanted them a little darker and more woodsy looking. I used Tandy Timber Brown, and had to re-apply several times to get the color I wanted.

    The soles were also leather (Elk hide) and did not have any traction to speak of. Again to be a little bit more versatile. I added 5 coats of Shoe Goop ( Not to be confused with Shoe goo) Shoe Goop is a mixture of rubber shavings and Barge Cement. It's spread on the leather like buttering toast with a small knife. I used a pallet knife. The product is applied, left to dry for about an hour, and then re applied to build up the layers. I ended up with five layers.


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    I now have a cool lookin pair of woods mocs, that I can use in a multiple environments. They are very comfortable to wear. The trick I've found with them is to wear with a heavy pair of wool socks, and make sure the cordage is cinched up tight around the foot

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    Thanx for lookin

    Mac
     
  2. Leif

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    I really like those Mac. You did a fine job with them!
     
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    Nice mocs, you did a good job with those.
     
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    Too cool!
     
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    That's pretty awesome Sgt. Mac! Great job on the mods, you done good :)
     
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    Great job Mac, thanks for the how to!

    now for a couple of questions:

    how is the traction with those soles?

    also, are they still flexible like moccasins without the shoe goop?
     
  7. Sgt. Mac

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    Thanx Buddy, traction is good. No slipping on wet grasses, rocks, logs etc. The sole remains very flexible, and is thin enough still to feel the ground when walkin
     
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    Very cool mod!
    It also looks like multiple lacing options for those who like a different/tighter fit.
     
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    Very nice those look bada** what would you charge to make me a pair
     
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    Good stuff Mac!
     
  11. Sgt. Mac

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    I dont sell what I make Buddy sorry. I dont have a vendor account on here to sell anything
     
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    Pretty dang cool Mac. I like those a lot.

    I saw your video of the pilot's flask with improvised sewn parachute bag to hold it. I'm working on that right now, but I'm gonna have to add this to the list now.
     
  13. Sgt. Mac

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    Roger that Bro
     
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    Excellent mods sarge, I plan on giving this a go myself. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Friggin Awesome Mac!
     
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    Great post, Macerdoo.
     
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    Great idea for the soles. They look great overall, much better than the before images.
     
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    Air Force survival moccasins...I was expecting fuzzy slippers or golf shoes! Just kidding relax :) Very cool mod! This looks like a great option for something similar to the custom mocs that cost a LOT. Sure looks worth finding a pair to try out. Thanks for sharing the details on the sole mod. I also like the idea that you can re-apply instead of wearing the soles out.
     
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    OUT-*ING-STANDING MARINE!
     
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    Sweet kicks, Sarge!

    PMZ
     
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    I really like those Sarge. I imagine you'll be driving those for a while.
     
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    Ive seen those acouple times. Mac did a great job on em.

    Mac did you wax the uppers too?

    I like them alot, great work indeed.
     
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    Excellent plan and excellent execution!

    That shoe goop looks handy.
     
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    Great Job! Thanks for posting, What size shoes you wear?
     
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    Oh man, those are cool.. nice job on the mods too..
     
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    Nice work Mac.....Mac's Mocs :).

    Pete.
     
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    Mac, you've got some cool gear. Thanks for taking us along on how you made em.
     
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    Mac did you wax the uppers too?

    Yea Bro waxed the green canvas part, then oiled up the leather uppers.

    Great Job! Thanks for posting, What size shoes you wear?

    I wear a size 10 1/2
     
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    Thanks Mac I just orderd a pair of those "Ski" Moccasins.
     
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    This may go in one of my favorite mods. You made the product better with each thing you did IMO. Only thing that would have made me like em more would be if they came up further on your leg, like just under the knee. But that's just a preference thing. Very well done bro!
     
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    Mac,now where do I go for the shoe goop.No hits on Google
     
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    Very neat bud, keep it up!
     
  33. Sgt. Mac

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    The link for it is in my post Buddy
     
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    Good job on those, Sarge. Thanks for the info on the Shoe Goop. I've wanted to make some mocs for awhile now, but the thin, non-grippy soles have kept me from trying them. The goop looks like it would solve that problem.
     
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    Those a really cool Mac....great job on modifying them!!!
     
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    I now know what I want!! Great Job Marine
     
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    terrific job !

    hey Mac thoses are awsome Moc's they really are...great job on the mod's...by the way i like old timey survival kit aswell...vince g. 11B Inf:42:...
     
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    Wow..how cool.!!
     
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    very nice bro! love the traction on those mocs.
     
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    Thanx fellas
     
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    Wow! Those are too cool. Look real comfy too.:dblthumb:
     
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    Very cool Brother! How did you dye the uppers without accidentally dyeing the leather as well?

    Looker
     
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    Thanx Bro, that was sort of a trick to do. I kept dunking the canvas in the dye and used a clean paint brush to brush the dye around the edges
     
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    Way cool Mac. Look great.
     
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    Man those are too cool!
     
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    Pretty Freakin' cool, Mac. I really dig those. Bravo Zulu!
     
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    That's awesome Mac! I noticed those at the HW meet but I didn't realize just how cool they were at the time. You did a great job turning those into more of an all-season footwear option.

    One of these days I'd love to try a pair of moccasins in the woods... don't think it'd be my thing all the time but it'd be cool to try for a chance of pace (literally - hah!).
     
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    Yep, nice job. Canvas and leather. They should last you a good long time.
     
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    That is some slick footwear! I hadn't seen those before, but now that I have ,y wish list has gotten longer! Nice job on the mods, as well!
     

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