Manitobah Moccasins: treasures to discover

Manitobah Moccasins: treasures to discover

Hello all!

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

canoe black moccasins

Canoe black moccasins

Where: Manitobah.ca

Materials: Leather, wool and sheepskin

Price: $89.99

Rating:  4 1/2 stars

Manitobah Mukluks

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 annie mckay mukluksMcKay 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 🙂

wool canoe 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.

wool cnoe moccasins

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.

wool canoe moccasins

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.

turtle sole

Turtle sole

Recommendations

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. 🙂

 

28 thoughts on “Manitobah Moccasins: treasures to discover

  1. Melissa

    I live in the Pacific Northwest too! We must be close because I’m getting rained out as well.
    My mother used to have Moccasins when I was younger before I ruined them lol. She is part Native American. Thanks for the article, takes me back to my childhood.

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Melissa
      where about are you? The nice thing is that they still make moccasins these days so you can replace your mother’s 🙂

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  2. Marko Starcevic

    Hi there,

    All I have to say is that my girlfriend is going to be crazy abou this site when I forward her this link. I can already see her getting presents for Christmas. She will love this.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Marko

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  3. hanizan

    Hi Emily,
    I’m stay far far away from you and do not familiar with this pacific northwest stuff.. however its looks so nice..in my country they are just same like moccasins…when you tell that i think there is the same one…keep up with the good work emily..love your site…

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Hanizan
      the Pacific Northwest is a region on the West coast of Canada and the USA known for its big trees and rain! But also lots of sunshine and a beautiful scenery. Glad you enjoyed the review 🙂

      Reply
  4. Hindy Pearson

    Hi Emily,
    Wonderful review about the moccasins, and they really are stunning. I had a pair in my younger days, but they weren’t authentic I’ve just always loved the look of them. How nice to be able to patronise a company that supports local craftsmen. It’s unfortunate how many “arts” are dying out, replaced by work done by machines. I like knowing they’re keeping it alive. The black ones you bought are stunning, and the artwork on the soles really elevate the moccasins to a whole new level. I have a couple of questions – I was wondering what kind of weather they were suitable for and whether or not they make any non-leather versions? I buy non leather items as much as possible (purses, belts, shoes…) so was just curious about other materials.

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Hindy
      thanks for taking the time to read the review. I love what Manitobah Mukluks stands for. A truly honorable company with outstanding products. I have worn my moccasins in a variety of weather and they have done good most times. If it is pouring though they might not be the best choice of footwear. But they are somewhat water resistant if it is just normal rain. They typically use natural materials and some will be made with hide. Although it might not help you much. Hide, sinew, leather and fur would be the typical materials used.

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  5. Brad

    They look like some comfy mocassins!

    Here in Australia we have the iconic Ugg Boot. Quite similar in that they are a sheepskin/wool boot. And they are awesome in winter! Not so much in summer when we mostly go barefoot or in thongs (flip flops).
    A friend of mine had never worn Ugg Boots in his 40 years, when he tried on his wife’s Ugg Boots earlier this year, he said it was like putting your foot into a vagina! Not sure what he meant by that or what it says about his wife, but it is a funny story! He now has a pair.

    Anyways, enjoy your day. Sorry if I changed your view of mocassins!

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  6. The Simple Retiree

    We lived in Victoria from 2000-04 Emily. Wouldn’t a Cowichan sweater go good with these moccassins? My wife is a nurse and she wears her moccassins at work that’s how comfortable she finds them. Sadly after only a couple months her sole is peeling away and I said to her well their not very good quality if that’s happening. I will tell her about this company. Thank you for this!

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Peter
      oh for sure those are so comfortable, that I wear them at work too and I am on my feet a lot! And yes a west coast style sweater would look awesome with them! Definitively recommend Manitobah Mukluks!

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  7. Johnathan Tarter

    Thank you for introducing us to these beautiful pieces of shoe wear and for giving me a great idea for a Christmas present! I have always had a thing for Native American shoe wear and these are absolutely beautiful! I look forward to more of your great posts and thank you again for the share ! 🙂

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Johnathan!
      you do seem to have a thing for native wear and jewelry! Welcome to the club 🙂 I highly recommend this company as their products are just amazing!

      Reply
  8. Pink

    In college one of my good friends gave me a pair of moccasins, she was part Native American, and those shoes became my go-to. They are so comfortable and cozy I wore them everywhere and they really do match with many things I never expected them to. Unfortunately I have no clue where those shoes have gotten to but reading this makes me want another pair.

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    1. Emily Post author

      Yay Pink! Someone who shares my love of moccasins! I could literally live in moccasins 24/7. They are cozy and comfortable, you are totally right 🙂 Hope you do find another pair!

      Reply
  9. Drew

    What an amazing product! Perfect for indoor use – they look absolutely comfortable. I agree with you that companies like Manitobah are helping the local artists by supporting their art and culture is a great cause. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Drew!
      They sure are comfortable inside and outside! The sole makes them perfect for walks in nature. And yes it is an incredible company that encourages local artists 🙂

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  10. James

    My wife will love the Manitobah Mukluks. What a vey interesting variety you have shared. I will show my wife she will get a kick out of your site as a whole. Congrats on a great site.
    James

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  11. Kyle

    Moccasins are always a good choice. I actually need to start looking for a new pair so I’m glad I came across this post.

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  12. Pierre

    Hey Emily,

    when I was a child I used to have moccasins like that and I hated them, lol. Today I think they look pretty good, especially this example here. The sole looks really special, never seen anything like that.

    Cheers,

    Pierre

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    1. Emily Post author

      Hi Pierre!
      The sole is unique for sure. I have never seen so many details on sole. It is pretty cool when you walk in sand to see the print it leaves behind 🙂

      Reply
  13. Debra

    I love moccasins, but just haven’t found a pair that are comfortable, roomy and stay soft after washing them. I have an issue with them coming up too high on my achilles heal as well. I’m almost at my wits end. I had a great pair when I was much younger and don’t recall what brand they were. I’ve been searching ever since.
    I feel like the prince with the glass slipper, just trying to find the perfect fit.

    I love the fact that the Manitobah moccasins have the sole on the bottom. That’s more of a recent thing I think, but I love it. Do you know if these are available here in the states? I’d like to try them on before buying, but once I knew if the would work or not, I would definitely come back and purchase them thru your link here Emily.

    Thanks for the review.

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Debra!
      I have to say that to me, those moccasins are the perfect fit. They are not too high nor too low. And I could walk around in them all day. The sole is a newer project of theirs yes but it just adds to the beauty. They sure are available in the USA. When you go on the site you have the option of shipping in the USA.

      Reply

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