Saturday, September 22, 2012

Exclusive shoes- The boots of musiam

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Boots originated in Arctic Asia and over time spread across the globe's Arctic region. Certainly, boots are the dominant traditional footwear for natives of the area stretching from northern Asia to Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, Lapland and on back to northern Siberia. As well as fulfilling their main purpose as protective and functional cold-climate footwear, boots are often social artifacts--such as Inuit boots whose external designs communicate information about their owners. Boots that protect wearers from desert heat and mountain cold are found in other parts of the world. The basic concept and construction of boots has changed very little over time.
Salmonskin boot
From the Yupik culture of arctic Alaska, this salmonskin boot has pre-formed sealskin sole.

Hunter's & waterproof Boot

Traditional boot-making skills render this typical Alaskan Inuit seal hunter's boot, made from sealskin and sewn with sinew, effectively waterproof.
Hausa camel-riding boots

 These early 20th-century Hausa camel-riding boots from sub-Saharan Africa are decorated with woven leather. The divided toes enable the wearer to grip a knotted strap. The boots protect the legs from sun, sand and chafing.
Wool boots
About a century ago, this pair of wool boots with turned-up toes and heavy, layered soles was worn by a Tibetan official- probably for a long time, too, given their condition.
Colorful-trimmed Boot
This colorful felt-trimmed pair of boots was made by Finnish Sami from reindeer skin. The soles are sewn with the pelt going in different directions to prevent slipping. A distinctive feature is the pointed, turned-up toe.
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