Manitobah Moccasins: treasures to discover
I do not know where you are all but over here on the Pacific Northwest, we are drowning in rain today! So I am at home and thought I would share a favorite product of mine. If you know my Facebook page, you probably know how I love this company. Manitobah Mukluks is an Aboriginal owned company that sells the best moccasins and mukluks! Manitobah moccasins are just awesome 🙂 Therefore, I wanted to share with you my latest purchase with all of you. FYI: I am in no way associated with Manitobah Mukluks nor am I getting paid for this review. I just love their products!
Product: Wool canoe moccasins
Materials: Leather, wool and sheepskin
Let me start by discussing Manitobah Mukluks, as it is a wonderful company. They are a proudly Canadian Aboriginal owned company. In other words, they support Aboriginal communities as well as artists. They recreate the moccasins and mukluks proudly made by the ancestors with beads, leather and fur. They keep the traditions and the arts alive and well. As they say “they tell the story of our people”. The owner, Sean McCormick, a Metis man, keeps the bead work of his people alive. Let me give you an example. Manitobah Mukluks began a new project entitled “Storyboot”, a collaboration with local Aboriginal artisans of diverse background (e.g. Cree, Metis). The project is intended to keep the art of mukluks and moccasins making alive and to generate revenue for local artists, who also teach younger generations their art. The mukluks are hand made by the artists and all profits go directly to them. Yes, ALL profits go to the artists!
I do not know about you but I find it very touching that a big company such as Manitobah Mukluks is taking such a wonderful initiative so that the art and traditions of the ancestors remain alive. And to encourage those who have the knowledge to pass it down to future generations. Amazing! And if I had a tad more money I would buy those mukluks by artist Annie McKay in a heartbeat! See them on the right.
Plain and simple, Manitobah Mukluks is a company that makes wonderfully crafted moccasins and mukluks. I personally own 3 pairs of moccasins and they are the most comfortable shoes ever! The details in each pair are stunning and the quality cannot be beat.
Their customer service
And let me tell you about their customer service! When I originally received the wool canoe moccasins, I found the left shoe to be uncomfortable. A piece of fabric/leather (the lace) was sticking out in the inside, rubbing on my foot. I wore them one day and could actually see the indentation on my foot by the end of the day (as the piece was digging into my skin). Having never experienced that with my other two pairs, I wrote a quick review on their site, explaining the problem. I got a reply within 24 hours from their customer service. After some communication the same day, I was able to return them at no cost whatsoever (did not have to pay to ship them back) and got a brand new pair within 2 weeks. The team was 100% dedicated and made sure I was satisfied and comfortable in my moccasins 🙂
The wool canoe moccasins
As you can see from the picture above, I chose the color black for those moccasins. They also come in charcoal and oak (beige) but I already had a pair of grey and brown moccasins. Something to keep in mind: they are made on the small side. All my moccasins are the same size (size 9) but the wool canoe moccasins fit tighter than my other two pairs. However, they do tend to stretch with time.
The details on those moccasins are stunning, even though there is no bead work. But like with every pair I own, the quality cannot be beat. Natural fabrics and materials are used (thus if you order them black, your feet will be somewhat black the first few times you wear them…) and the wool pattern on top is just gorgeous. As I already had two pairs of beaded moccasins, I wanted something different. The wool canoe moccasins offered just that.
They literally go with everything (even sweatpants as you can see….). When I feel like being comfortable, I wear my moccasins. But guess what, they can also be dressed up. I have worn them with dress pants and they were perfect. And yes this is my foot with my “eagle feather all my relations” tattoo 🙂
And….. The attention to details with every Manitobah Mukluks just cannot be surpassed! What do I mean? Well the sole is just as detailed and awesome! Yes all the soles have a story! If you look underneath your moccasin or mukluk, you will either see the Turtle sole or the Tipi sole. What do I mean you ask? Well look below. Designed by artist Heather Steppler, my turtle sole tells the story of life, of man and woman, of Turtle Island that is North America. Here is the Ojibway version of the creation of Turtle Island. I mean, come on! A sole that tells a story? Now that is unique.
Do I recommend Manitobah Mukluks? Hell yes! Manitobah moccasins are high quality while being very comfortable. So practical yet so rich in culture. I love the service I received in regard to my wool canoe moccasins. The customer service team made sure I was satisfied at no extra cost for me! Yes the moccasins will leave your feet black the first few times you wear them but it is well worth it. The details in the design (including the sole) cannot be beat. And you know what else cannot be beat? What Manitobah Mukluks stand for. They stand for the traditions of and the work done by the ancestors. They make sure those traditions and the art are kept alive by encouraging local artisans in their work and passing it down to the next generations. They are dedicated. Dedicated to keep the culture alive.
All my Relations
Have you tried Manitobah Mukluks? Do you own your own pair? Would you buy one? Comment below and I will answer you. 🙂