To safe feet from freezing, moccasins or boots would have been required. Protective footwear would be less needed in warm temperatures and gentle environments, and people may simply go barefoot. In the Eastern Forests, soft-soled moccasins were common, and they were manufactured by rising up the sole of the shoe around the foot and puckering or patching the material around the instep. Moccasins with a soft-soled centre seam and a pucker-toe were especially well-suited for walking through woods with leaf and pine-needle-covered ground. Some Plains and Northwest Coast soft-soled moccasins were constructed from a single piece, although they were sewn along one side of the foot rather than the centre.