These boots, made of cowhide, were probably used for work and daily life. They seem to be handmade. Their sole consists simply of a double layer of leather.
At the time of the “butchery” in the fall, the locals collect the oxhide, which will be tanned to create resistant leather, useful for making tools, clothes, or shoes.
These shoes have similarities with the Indigenous peoples’ moccasins. Europeans arriving in America preferred these shoes, which were more comfortable and better adapted to the climate than their wooden-soled shoes.
In the 18th century, the shoemaker is the craftsperson who specializes in the manufacture of shoes.
Origin: North America
Owner: Site historique de la maison Lamontagne.