I have a pair of deerhide moccasins that I made from a kit I got for Christmas. They're great - comfortable, lightweight, and they make me feel more in touch with the earth.
There's only one problem: the soles get torn up walking on anything but grass and they get soaking wet and tear even easier when it rains. Not to mention they slide on rocks and road paint when they're wet. Now, store-bought mocs sometimes have a rubber sole sewn onto them. Then again, store-bought mocs cost upwards of five times what my kit cost.
I present to you now a low cost alternative that should prolong the life of your moccasins and hopefully keep your feet dryer and add some traction.
Step 1: Materials
You will need the following:
(1) pair of clean moccasins (my kit was ~$14)
(1) can of Plasti-Dip (or similar) rubberized tool dip ($11 at Ace Hardware)
30" or more aluminum foil
You might want:
(4) pairs of socks
(4) soda/beer bottles (empty or not)
newpaper to lay down
I would like to note that the can of Plasti-Dip warns against using the product in an unventilated space. The fumes that came from that can can't have been good for me. I would suggest doing this outside. Or even better, inside an industrial hood vent.
Step 2: Make the Tray
From your roll of tin foil, tear off two sheets about 15" long. Then stack them on top of each other and roll the edged over a couple times, making the rolls about 1/2". Fold the edges up to form a tray a little bigger than your moccasin.
Step 3: Sand the Soles
Using the coarse-grit sandpaper, scuff up the bottoms of the moccasins a little. There will be some leather dust, so make sure you clean it off. The point of the scuffing is to give the rubberizer something to grip onto.