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
Canadian Footwear in the Age of the Machine. Mechanization transformed shoemaking. For example, by mid-century Québec City, and Montréal in particular, had become home to a thriving boot and shoe business. The time of shoes as a scarce and expensive commodity was over. By 1900, leather products in the province of Québec's leather products  - chiefly shoes - ranked 2nd in the province's industries. In addition: Mail-order shoes could be delivered in most settled areas by using the postal and railway systems. Thanks to mass-production made possible by the machine, prices came down, bringing stylish shoes within reach of many more people. Canadian factories began to make a range of shoes of different styles - all the footwear you see in this section was made in Canada, using a variety of techniques.
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