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
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
Shoes for a New Land. When Europeans came to Canada, they had to adapt the day-to-day footwear of their homelands to the new conditions. Although shoes were made in many larger cities, newcomers mostly relied on shoes imported from Europe and on shoes they brought with them. A contemporary list of supplies for new French colonists suggests that: 'For every two people there will be a mattress, a straw bed, two blankets, three pairs of new sheets, two coats apiece, six shirts, four pairs of shoes, and a cloak.'
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