Moccasins Native Americans wore shoes called Moccasins. Some moccasins have a hard sole and others have a soft sole. Before the Native Americans met the Europeans, they used porcupine quills and bird feathers to decorate their moccasins. Then the Europaens came with glass beads.
In Alaska it is cold. Eskimos wore thick warm boots made of polar bear fur or seal skin. Sometimes straps were used across the ankle for security. For extra warmth, socks made of woven grass could also be worn.
Shoes in this region were usually leather sandals. Yhey were decorated with silver and jewels. They were very colurful. Cowboy boots were very different than they are today. They were made from a single piece of cow skin!
Pictures courtesy of:
Northamton Borough Council Shoes from Around the World http://www.northhampton.gov.uk/Museums/collections
Last Modified: October 14, 2003