Boots From All Over The World

ethnographic collection

Dirk Vanderschueren, owner of the Belgian shoe manufacturer Cortina group
together with Dutchman William (boy) Habraken and Antwerp shoemaker couple Veerle Swenters and Pierre Bogaerts created SONS- shoes or no shoes museum in Kruishoutem, Belgium. The museum houses the biggest ethnographic shoe collection in the world next a modern art- and a designers collection.

The Boots featured here are a small sample from their extensive collection. Image courtesy SONS museum.


Canada / British Columbia
Winnenbago Indian Tribe-ladies (Squaw) ‘Pow-wow’ moccasins and leggings.
Glass beaded cloth covered brain tanned buckskin.
Middle 20st century


China / Guangzhou
Jin-Lian 12cm.
Silk with silk embroidery, silk covered wooden heel, straw stuffed silk covered sole.
Middle 19th century


Japan / Okayama
Men’s snow boots; ‘Fukagutsu’.
All straw.
Early 20st century


Kazakhstan / Aqt?be
Tatar Tribe-ladies boot stocking ‘Magshi’ to be worn in overshoes.
All leather, panel decoration.
Late 19th century


Mongolia / Ulaan Baatar
Men’s boots ‘Gutal’.
Leather upper, muti color patched leather decorations, multi layered cloth platforms, leather outsole.
Late 20st century


Norway / Finmark
Men’s boots.
Raindeer skin with felt trimmings.
Middle 20st century


Serbia / Kosovo
Ladies slipper socks.
Knitted woollen upper, leather sole.
Middle 20st century


Tibet / Lhasa
Men’s boot-‘Lhaam’.
Red cloth upper ‘Nambhu’, leather covered felt wedge, leather sole.
Late 19th century


Turkey /
Ornate 6 strap high shoes. Ottoman
Velvet with gold brocate – carved and gilded stucco on wooden heels.
Middle 19th century

United States, Native American

 United States / Wyoming
Arapaho Indian Tribe-ladies moccasins and leggings.
Home tanned elk, glass bead decoration, cowhide sole.
Middle 20st century

United States

United States / Pennsylvania
Ladies side-laced ankle boots.
Silk upper, silk rosette, 3cm heel, leather sole.
Middle 19th century



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