Boots avaThere are various folk clothing accessories used by people around the world, and shoes are among the most popular items. Footwear exists for millennia. And the variety of shoe designs, shapes, sizes, materials, and decorations is huge. Every ethnic group creates traditional footwear that differs from other pieces all around the planet, so just by a single small item, you can sometimes say for sure where the whole costume is from. We’ve gathered here the links to all our posts regarding traditional footwear so that you could use them in your school papers and college projects.

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Posts about footwear from all corners of the world and historical periods

Top-10 most offbeat traditional shoes around the world

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Top-3 most unusual Tajik traditional shoes

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How to make Inuit mukluks. The almost forgotten craft is reviving

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Fishskin clothing and accessories were common for the Arctic peoples – Inuits, Aleuts, Eskimos, Yupiks

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Peshawari chappal and khussa – traditional ornate shoes in Pakistan

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Greek traditional tsarouchi shoes look odd but so mimimi!

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Folk shoes, socks, and leg wrappings in Montenegro

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Uncovering the hidden museum collection. Various Ukrainian traditional shoes

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Vintage traditional moccasins of indigenous peoples in Canada

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Curiously-shaped Native American moccasins of Muscogee (Creek) tribe

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Native American Indian moccasins and their marvelous embellishments

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Pattens – protective overshoes worn by ladies since medieval period till early 20th century to walk over mud and dirt

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Handmade wooden shoes – the craft of making traditional Dutch clogs

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Kenyan traditional accessories – beaded headdresses and shoes made from rubber, leather, and wood

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Mongolian millennium-old mummy in Adidas-style shoes. Whaaat?!

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Leathercraft in Ukraine. Stunning vintage leather and sheepskin outerwear and accessories

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Authentic clothing from northern Ukraine – bast shoes, woven aprons, and floral embroidery

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Vintage Ukrainian shoes. Various leather footwear from late 19th – early 20th century

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Ukrainian leather accessories (footwear, belts, and bags) from Carpathian region

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Georgian traditional clothing pieces. Oddly elegant Georgian folk shoes

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Kazakh traditional male and female garments: outerwear, headgear, and footwear

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Fancy kid shoes in the 1800s. Wealthy 19th-century children wore lovely footwear

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Unique early-19th-century shoes set. They look a bit odd but awesome

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Nice example of fashionable kid shoes from the 1810s

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Clothing and shoes of the Romanov children. Royal garments in the Russian Empire

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Rare authentic clothing and accessories of Ukrainian men, the 19th-20th century

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Jewelry, accessories, and hairstyles in Ancient Greece

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Trendy fall 2021 shoes look like vintage 17-19th-century footwear. Comparison of designer shoes and folk shoes

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Socks, stockings, leg wrappings, puttees

Serbian traditional double-knit socks. What tricks and secrets do they have?

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Puttees instead of socks. Why leg wrappings were so popular that people used them up until the mid-1900s?

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Spatterdashes and gaiters – what’s the difference between these footwear accessories?

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