It’s officially boot weather! And why not support these 100% Canadian-made, aboriginal designed and hand-crafted beauties? I’ve been looking to get my hands on a pair of Manitobah Mukluks for awhile now since they are one of the most cozy yet super fashionable items for the season. So when asked to style them in a recent shoot with with Refinery 29 photographer (Jenna Marie Wakani) and Lotus Leaf Communications, I was thrilled.
The shoot was held just outside Gravity Pope in Toronto (where you could purchase a pair) and a few other amazing bloggers partook in the fun as well. I chose to style my Manitobah Mukluks in two different ways–take a look below and let me know what you think! 🙂
- Authenticity–Every Manitobah product comes with a Certificate of Authenticity that outlines the role of Aboriginal-owned companies within Canada’s economic landscape.
- Vibram Soles–to withstand cold and high abrasion urban environments (perfect for Toronto!); the soles are also uniquely designed as a canvas displaying Aboriginal History:
The Sky represents life-giving water falling as rain and snow. Trees to the right of the tipi represent the Woodland People. To the left are the western mountains. This is the doorway we walk through together as modern hunter-gatherers. Fire tells us our People will always survive. Prairie plains behind are home to the Great Horse and Buffalo People. The swirling Four Winds cleanse as the Sun circles our Mother Earth.
- Partnered with the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD)–an Aboriginal non-profit organization that touches on all aspects of Aboriginal community life and provide education bursaries to Aboriginal students.