In Other Shoes – Native Ecuadorian Shoes

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South America


My first thoughts? I would wear these!

Tuxen’s notes on this pair of shoes, from the Latin American country right on the equator, are sparse:

Native Ecuadorian shoes. Bought for me in Quito on October 1st 1957 by Dr.Phil. Marie Hammer. Were received by me on October 24th. The sole is made from sisal (agave fiber), and the woven top is cotton. There’s a peephole for the toes. The pattern is clearly Spanish. Marie writes that the shoes are worn by men in the highlands. The women are mostly bare feet, or wearing shoes made from car tires.

…but if you wish to know more about Spanish shoes, see this post!

/ Ciara Coogan


Photo: © 2014 Jacob Due, Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum.

Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck,


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