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
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
Shoemaking

In eastern Canada, shoes were not easy to obtain for the settlers who lived on small farms spread over large areas of countryside - you either had to have someone send them to you from abroad, or have them made by a shoemaker. Shoes were relatively expensive, which made it worthwhile to pay a shoemaker for mending shoes. Few communities were large enough to support this important craftsman.

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