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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
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
Canadian Footwear in the Age of the Craftsman. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, shoes of all kinds were scarce and pioneers often asked their relatives to send footwear. Many shoes (especially the most expensive ones) were imported from the United States and Europe, but as the century progressed an increasing number were made in Canada. Craftsmen created hand-made footwear for work or play outdoors, for respectable everyday wear, and for social occasions.
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