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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
Dance in the Chateau St. Louis: George Heriot
Dance in the Chateau St. Louis, Québec, Lower Canada, 1801, by George Heriot
Shoes and Boots for Dress Wear

Footwear for Dress Occasions

Men could wear two very different types of footwear - a military-style boot, made of fine leather, or a low, soft dress shoe suitable primarily for indoor wear. If circumstances required the wearer to cross a muddy street, he might resort to pattens, strap-on wood and iron lifts to raise his fancy footwear out of the muck.

From the turn of the nineteenth century until well past the middle years, women wore light, decorative flat shoes. Made of the softest leather or the most fashionable fabrics, they proclaimed the wealth and status of the woman. Over the years, toes changed from pointed, to oval, to square, and then to rounded-square, but the basic shape of the shoe remained the same.

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Pull-on boots (Hessian) Boots Boot jack Boot scraper Man's pumps Man's pumps with lace tabs 12
Pull-on boots (Hessian) Boots Boot jack Boot scraper Man's pumps Man's pumps with lace tabs
Man's shoes with lace latchets Pattens (overshoes) Woman's shoes and spats Woman's pumps Woman's shoes Woman's pumps
Man's shoes with lace latchets Pattens (overshoes) Woman's shoes and spats Woman's pumps Woman's shoes Woman's pumps
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