#GiftGuide: Manitobah Moccasins & Mukluks

Hand-crafted by Canada's First Peoples and here to keep your toes from frosting over

December 2017 Feature Vanessa Oler

While the world’s tropical boaters keep their Sperry’s on all year, those of us up north know better. Whether you’re squeezing in one last weekend on the open water or gearing up for ice fishing season, look no further than Manitobah moccasins and mukluks to keep your toes from frosting over.

The Métis are one of three officially recognized Indigenous groups in Canada. For hundreds of years the Métis wove floral bead patterns into goods traded throughout tribes of the northern plains. The Dakota Sioux and Cree called Métis “the flower beadwork people.” Today, tribe members use high-quality materials and ancient artisan techniques to create the best mukluks and moccasins in the world. When it came time to develop footwear for the city, Manitobah partnered with Vibram—the world leader in high-performance rubber soles—to design a sole that could withstand the effects of urban environments but remain true to the Métis’ unique artistic heritage. All soles are non-marking and non-slip, making them perfect for boat decks or icy surfaces near the water.

Manitobah takes great pride in being Canadian, producing at least 20 percent of their footwear at an Indigenous-owned production facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Every Manitobah product comes with a certificate of authenticity that outlines the role of Indigenous-owned businesses in Canada’s economic landscape. The certificate is a reminder that every Manitobah purchase supports an Indigenous-owned business operating in Canada

www.store.manitobah.com // Keewatin (Oak) $149.99 USD // WP Snowy Owl (Charcoal) $249.99 USD 

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