Southwest Desert Moccasin by R.L.Tabor - Elk Leather

From $135.00

A traditional moccasin made from US-harvested elk leather and genuine sheepskin innersoles. Although they are not made in the Softstar workshop, these mocs are elf approved and hand-stitched by R.L. Tabor & Co—a family-owned business in Oregon that specializes in reproducing historic leather goods.

We're sorry to say that Softstar will no longer resell these Southwest Desert Moccasins. The sizes shown in the dropdown below are the last of our inventory and will not be restocked. You can still order a pair to be custom made for you by calling the maker, Rick Tabor, directly at (541) 905-2042. Softstar will have no involvement with these direct transactions.

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For questions regarding quality or repair of these Southwest Desert moccasins, please contact RL Tabor & Co directly: (541) 905-2042

Made by R.L. Tabor & Co. This family owned business specializes in reproduction historic leather goods and sells these beautiful boots in Renaissance fairs throughout the USA.  Rick Tabor designed his first pair of desert moccasins over 25 years ago and has poured years of experience into the details, including exacting standards of stitch count, period materials and period correct dyes. These hand-sewn moccasin boots are based on research of Hopi and Navajo cultures, and feature gently curled toes to keep cactus spines out when walking in the desert.  


  • Made from premium grade USA elk leather. Natural variation in color and texture from pair to pair is expected. 
  • Genuine Sheepskin innersoles!  
  • The outer soles are cut from oil tanned cowhide which provide excellent durability. They are designed to be worn indoors or out, but like any moccasin product they will get wet and absorb moisture.
  • Leather soles can be slippery on slick surfaces. The soles can be scuffed to improve traction by walking on gravel or asphalt surfaces.

The Southwest Desert Moccasin can also be resoled with new outsole and sheepskin by R.L. Tabor and Co.  Simply mail the shoes and a check for $45 to:

RL Tabor & Co
PO Box 2006
Lebanon, OR 97355

About R.L. Tabor

Why would someone want to wear a shoe that was designed in the 1800’s? According to craftsman Rick Tabor, some things do not necessarily improve with time.

“Some things were perfected 200 years ago. They are light weight, comfortable and stylish. I use my moccasins in the outdoors on a regular basis. I canoe with them, get them wet, use them in the mud and snow and they still stand the durability test. I have resoled the same pair of moccasins twice and worn them for the last 30 years,” said Rick.

His hand crafted moccasins have been purchased and worn throughout the world. While crafting moccasins has become Rick Tabor’s calling card in the living history community, it is not what initially got him into his hobby and lifestyle.

“Initially, I had a desire to know more about history. You can only learn so much from books and there comes a time when you have to put the knowledge that is learned into application and historical re-enacting does that,” said Rick.

While people re-enact a vast time period; from Vikings and Romans up through the Vietnam War, Tabor primarily finds portraying people from the fur trade era, but has also re-enacted the Civil War, Revolutionary War, the Old West, as well as the Renaissance.

“Re-enacting is one of the reasons I get up in the morning. I cannot imagine not doing some aspect of it, whether it is doing the research or some aspect of manufacturing period items or doing the re-enactments themselves. It keeps me sane,” said Tabor.

In thirty years of re-enacting, Rick has tallied several memorable moments. He has re-enacted at Gettysburg as well as throughout the west coast but his favorite memory hits a little more closely to the home front.

“My favorite memories would have to involve watching my sons grow and grow up in it. Having to make their shoes before every event because they grew so fast and watching them do things that 9 year olds wouldn’t normally do,” said Rick, “relearning things that were common knowledge to our ancestors.”

For those interested in re-enacting themselves and are looking for a quality, hand crafted pair of footwear, R.L. Tabor’s moccasins are proven, durable and the choice of discerning re-enactors the world over.

Sizing Tips

  • Please note that these moccasins have a snug fit initially. They are not recommended for use Correct Toes and will be snug in the toe box until they stretch out.
  • R. L. Tabor moccasins should feel snug at first, as the leather will stretch with use. If they are not snug initially, they may stretch and you will need to wear with thicker woolen socks later. 
  • Intended to be worn without socks.