On Canadian Ground - Stories of Footwear in Early Canada See more of the Virtual Museum of Canada
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
Waterfront at the CNE grounds, Toronto, by William James Portrait of a young man and two women, c. 1890
Detail of Waterfront at the CNE grounds, Toronto, by William James Portrait of a young man and two women, c. 1890
Machine-Made Footwear for Women

Women’s footwear in this era offered a variety of choices.

Ranging from well-made but unfashionable black walking shoes to flamboyant ‘barrette’ boots, this collection suggests how many footwear choices a woman could make to reflect her personality and position in society.

Most pairs of women’s shoes were symmetrical, without a distinct left and right shoe.

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