In Other Shoes – Mandingo Leather Sandals

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Nigerian handcraft here offers an example of an African pair of slippers – here are Tuxen’s sparse notes on this pair:

“Mandingo sandals from Nigeria, bought for the price of 20 Danish Crowns from antiquity trader Suude in Copenhagen, on September 12th 1957. No further information. Six layers of leather in the sole, toe string, and a knob at the top of the broad leather straps. By comparison with collections of the Danish National Museum, they have been assessed to have originated from West Africa, where they are typically worn by the Mandingo people North of Nigeria.”

If you are also into shoes, you can read more about Tuxen’s collection in this post.

// Ciara Coogan


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

Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck,

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