The modern-minded have no monopoly on stylish shoes. Pretties from the past, like a pair of cute moccasins, can give your everyday trousseau a taste of fashion-forward -- not old-fashioned -- tradition. Like any other leather adornment, these long-established, foot-faring lovelies need a little tenderness to stay soft, supple and stylin'. It's no sweat to keep your tootsies toasty and your moccasins' cultural edge clean -- trick out your back-to-nature kicks for fierce fashion without the fuss.

Shoe Shampoo

Step 1

Mix a mild liquid soap into water. Soak a damp cloth in the water, then rub it across the leather surface of the moccasins in small, circular motions to remove any dirt.

Step 2

Rinse out the cloth and wipe away the soap residue. Let the moccasins air-dry.

Step 3

Place moccasins that are heavily covered with mud or dirt into a washing machine with 1 teaspoon of detergent-free soap. Set the machine to a gentle cycle. Let the moccasins air-dry before wearing.

Step 4

Work a dab of leather cream into deerskin or moosehide moccasins only to further cleanse them. Rub a clean cloth against the surface of the leather in small, circular motions to spread the cream.

Shoe Shield

Step 1

Wipe down the moccasins with a damp cloth. Work the damp cloth into a container of saddle soap to create a lather, then rub the lather into the leather to soften it. Wipe away the soap with a clean cloth and let the moccasins air-dry completely.

Step 2

Soak the corner of a clean cotton cloth in leather lotion or pure mink oil. Work the lotion into the moccasins to keep them supple.

Step 3

Cut the sides of a wire garment hanger to 3 inches from the middle hook with a pair of wire clippers.

Step 4

Clamp a pair of pliers over each cut side of the hanger, and curl the wire upward to create hanging hooks.

Step 5

Lace the moccasins up to the second buttons. Hook the top buttons over the curved edges of the hanger and store them in a closet.