All posts tagged: Shoes

A shoe update

In the beginning of September, the above shoe was the main character of quite a mystery. The shoe had been found by anthropologist Mette Bovin in the desert where she was conducting fieldwork among the nomadic Wodaabe people. The string at the back of the […]

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Switzerland, sandals, shoes, feet, ethnography, anthropology, tuxen, collections, shoe collection

Free the feet! Swiss wooden sandals

A major Danish newspaper recently released a dress code, warning their employees not to get overly casual in order to survive the unusually warm May, we’ve had. No shorts or tank tops, no dresses above the knee. To us, sun-unaccustomed Danes, who complain when it […]

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In other shoes: Indonesian sandals

Here at The Ethnographic Collections, we have the most wonderful collection of shoes. They were collected by Søren Ludvig Tuxen, zoologist, and a bit of a shoe fetishist. Since the beginning of this blog, we have featured a wide selection of his shoes, from the […]

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In Other Shoes – Turkish Slippers

Modern and yet traditional – check out these Turkish Slippers! “Turkish slippers. Given to me on February 8th 1958 by M.E. Hovmand Hansen, who had acquired them in 1934 from a group of Greek sailors on board a steamboat called Pirdus. The slippers are modern. […]

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In Other Shoes – Chinese Silk Shoes

Have a look at these beautiful Chinese Silk Shoes! Notice the delicately embroidered birds – they just make me want to fly away. Next stop: China! Who’s in? // Emma Louise Pedersen Photo: © 2007 Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum. Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck, lbmfotografi.wix.com  

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In Other Shoes – Faroese Skølingar

Winter is coming – here’s a Faroese trick to keep you from falling once the ground gets slippery. “Faroese skølingar. Given to me January 6th 1958 by Mrs. Johannesen, Heldörsvik. There is only one. Skølingar are used “on top of” regular shoes, when walking on […]

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In Other Shoes – Chinese Lotus Shoes

  Sometimes footwear isn’t just footwear. Sometimes it tells the story of much more – traditional gender roles, power structures, and customs of aesthetics. We’ve described the old Chinese tradition of foot binding on the blog before, explaining why the shoes we display from this region […]

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