The very first pair of shoes to spur Tuxen’s fascination with footwear was Icelandic, and thus Iceland is represented very preciously in his collection. Here is yet another example of the island’s comfy slippers – this time in a different colour combination, made especially to fit Tuxen himself! However, as appears from his notes, they sadly wound up too big:
Icelandic sheepskin shoes, black, cured. Given to me and my wife, Jytte, on Christmas 1952 by Mrs. Heidbjört Björnsdottir, married to Arne Danielsson of Skagafirdi. She made them for me herself (but they are too big for me), and also a pair for Jytte. They are typical “jölaskor”, cured and died.
In the old days, each family member would receive a pair like these from the housewife. They are meant for indoor use only.
– S.L. Tuxen
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, lbmfotografi.wix.com