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KAMIKS OF THE INUIT
MOCCASINS OF THE FIRST NATIONS
CHANGING STYLES - THE ROLE OF TRADE & VOYAGEURS
SHOES FOR A NEW LAND
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE CRAFTSMAN
SHOEMAKING
ITINERANT CRAFTSMAN
CONCEALED SHOES
MASTER CRAFTSMAN
SHOES AND BOOTS FOR OUTDOOR WEAR
SHOES AND BOOTS FOR EVERYDAY WEAR
WHICH SHOES TO WEAR?
SHOES AND BOOTS FOR DRESS WEAR
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE
Portrait of man and woman
Portrait of man and woman
Shoes and Boots for Everyday Wear

In the growing towns and cities of Canada, people needed shoes and boots that were respectable enough for everyday wear, yet sufficiently practical to deal with muddy streets.

For Men
Boots were a popular form of fashion. They provided some protection against the weather and were suitable for riding; yet they were also appropriate indoors in an office or informal social setting. These simple boots were worn under trousers, which prevented most of the boot from being seen.

For Women
Both city and rural women needed a respectable shoe for visiting and shopping. American manufacturers produced a variety of shoes suitable for both walking and socialising, including the low heel-less side-laced boots called ‘Adelaides’. A number of them were imported into Canada to meet the need for practical but attractive footwear.

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