Bulldog Toe Button Boots

From about 1908 to 1920, these shoes with rounded bulbous toes were more popular in North America than in Europe where rounded and pointed toe shoes were both in vogue.

What was the appeal of these "bulldog" or American toes?

The distinctive shape of the toe was considered to be healthy because the toes could move inside the boot, thereby increasing circulation to the foot.

Advertising Shoes

Shoe stores advertised their products through eye-catching window displays such as an animated figure or a giant shoe. Store owners usually kept the store windows as unobstructed as possible so that the patrons inside could use the daylight to see the shoes. Newspapers, magazines, and large signs helped the retailer inform potential customers what he had to sell, often in terms that are not unfamiliar today.

The Present Begins Here

This exhibition ends at the beginning of the industrial age. Then as now, most people wore imported shoes, ma Read More
Bulldog Toe Button Boots

From about 1908 to 1920, these shoes with rounded bulbous toes were more popular in North America than in Europe where rounded and pointed toe shoes were both in vogue.

What was the appeal of these "bulldog" or American toes?

The distinctive shape of the toe was considered to be healthy because the toes could move inside the boot, thereby increasing circulation to the foot.

Advertising Shoes

Shoe stores advertised their products through eye-catching window displays such as an animated figure or a giant shoe. Store owners usually kept the store windows as unobstructed as possible so that the patrons inside could use the daylight to see the shoes. Newspapers, magazines, and large signs helped the retailer inform potential customers what he had to sell, often in terms that are not unfamiliar today.

The Present Begins Here

This exhibition ends at the beginning of the industrial age. Then as now, most people wore imported shoes, made by machines. Then as now, large shoe stores catered for people’s needs, using advertising to attract the customer’s attention and to sell their wares. Then as now, people had a wide variety of affordable shoes from which to choose. Think how different this approach is from the family-centred footwear traditions of the Inuit and First Nations.

Yet we all need shoes that can deal with the snow, the ice, the mud, and the dust - part of the way we live On Canadian Ground.

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Bulldog Toe Button Boots

Bulldog Toe Button Boots

The Diamond Shoe
1912 - 1918
Leather
S79.23
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C.N. Vroom, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, 1890

C.N. Vroom, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, 1890

The Bata Shoe Museum
1890
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"The Coming Boot" James Leggat, Montréal, 1890

"The Coming Boot" James Leggat, Montréal, 1890

The Bata Shoe Museum
1890
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J.D. King & Co., Toronto, 1890

J.D. King & Co., Toronto, 1890

The Bata Shoe Museum
1890
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W.A. Marsh & Co., Quebec, 1890

W.A. Marsh & Co., Quebec, 1890

The Bata Shoe Museum
1890
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Waterbury and Rising Shoe Store

Waterbury and Rising shoe store, New Brunswick

Isaac Erb
1909
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Learning Objectives

The learner will :
  • Explain how the environment influenced population (Aboriginal, French and Engilsh) in their culture, lifestyle and economy;
  • Identify the effects that resulted from interaction between Aboriginal peoples and colonizers;
  • Summarize the evolution of the shoes in Canada and involve significant changes to Canada’s development;
  • Analyze the development of Canada through the evolution of shoes.

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