In Other Shoes – Icelandic “Rodskor”

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Resembling the very first pair of shoes Tuxen collected, Icelandic shoes took up a spacial place in his final collection:

Icelandic “rodskor”. Given to me on October 10th, 1957, by Mrs. Gudrun Bjørnsdottir, Reykjavik, who made them for me from a piece of tanned catfish skin. These are coloured red and sewn with red woolen thread along the rim, while the traditional rodskor, which are no longer used, are made from untanned and uncoloured skin. Inside these, are red, blue and white “ileppar”, made from wool. Poor people would use rodskor, at times wearing out six pairs a day!

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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