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ExhibitionMemorable Shoes

KAMIKS OF THE INUIT
MOCCASINS OF THE FIRST NATIONS
CHANGING STYLES - THE ROLE OF TRADE & VOYAGEURS
SHOES FOR A NEW LAND
SHOES MADE IN THE AGE OF THE CRAFTSMAN
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE
MEN'S SHOES
WOMEN'S SHOES
BELL SHOES
CHILDREN'S SHOES
SKATES
INDUSTRIALIZATION - MAKING SHOES WITH MACHINES
THE RETAIL STORE
BULLDOG TOE BUTTON BOOTS
ADVERTISING SHOES
THE PRESENT BEGINS HERE
Bulldog toe button boots
Bulldog toe button boots

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Bulldog Toe Button Boots

From about 1908 to 1920, these shoes with rounded bulbous toes were more popular in North America than in Europe where rounded and pointed toe shoes were both in vogue.

What was the appeal of these "bulldog" or American toes?

The distinctive shape of the toe was considered to be healthy because the toes could move inside the boot, thereby increasing circulation to the foot.

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