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In Other Shoes – Finnish Naever Shoes


Did you ever buy a new pair of shoes, but never actually wear them because they were just too uncomfortable? We guess shoe collector S. L. Tuxen did!

About these beautiful, but probably quite nasty to wear, shoes Tuxen wrote:

“Finnish naever shoes in birch wicker. Given to my wife Jytte in 1946 by Dr. Rolf Krogerus, Helsinki. Bought from new in Helsinki in exchange for 125 mark. Have never been used, but have presumably been soaked in water to soften. We saw a small basket, for gathering of berries, soaked in this manner in a forrest pond close to Lojo. We have never seen anyone wear such shoes.”

// Emma Louise Pedersen


Photo: © 2007 Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum.

Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck,

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