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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
SHIPWRECKED SHOES
STYLE IN THE COLONIES - IMPORTED SHOES
LOYALIST SHOEMAKERS
MILITARY SHOES
SHOES MADE IN THE AGE OF THE CRAFTSMAN
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE
The Coming of the Loyalists, Henry Sandham, 1783
The Coming of the Loyalists, Henry Sandham, 1783 66k
Loyalist Shoemakers

After the American Revolution, a number of Americans, known as Loyalists, moved from the United States to Canada, and settled in places such as Saint John, New Brunswick and Kingston in what is now Ontario. Many of these loyalists were quite prosperous and could afford elegant shoes, such as this pair. The loyalists also included significant numbers of shoemakers; 43 were in Saint John in 1785 alone. These immigrant craftsmen formed the beginnings of the shoe industry.

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