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Being third in the top coldest countries in the world, albeit with varying geo- climates due to its vast expanse (10 million square km), Canada is not for the thin-blooded. It’s no wonder that the average Canadian goes through more boots than their peers; as well, Canadian footwear manufacturers are globally known for their knowledge and expertise on all-weather and extreme condition footwear.
PAJAR CANADAPajar Canada, a 50-year old family company, was specifically created to tackle all weather elements. Their legacy of superior quality and performance is reflected in its fashion footwear, outerwear and accessories for men and women. Its Heritage Premium boots are 100% lined with genuine sheepskin and guaranteed to keep you warm in temperatures as low as -40 C. The Pajar Sport collections comprise very lightweight rain and snow boots (complete with wool lining and a waterproof construction), as well as top-of-the-line performance outerwear (made with water-resistant construction, and clever details such as inner and outer pockets, side ventilation systems and more).
Women’s 2013 CollectionThe Oslo Collection presents luxury footwear with fox, rabbit, and goat fur-trimmings. The Scarlet and Davos mid-calf boots are adorned with fur-covered uppers. Styles such as the Cher add unexpected color with alternating red, yellow, and beige fringe peeking out of its black, beige, and white fur uppers. Definitely made for the fashion diva.The Heritage Collection is aimed for the urban woman, featuring a range of boot silhouettes with various heel heights and a modern twist for city chic style. The Sabrina and Shaina booties feature sturdy stacked mid-heels. Equestrian boot styling is seen in the Ceylan, Carla, and Carly. For the sporty ladies, the highlight of Pajar Women’s Sport Collection is the transformed traditional Riga snow boot, which now has an innovative reversible ice pick built into the boot. With just one click, this clever snow boot is transformed from a regular walking boot to one with a claw-gripping sole to grip the iciest conditionsFor the Outerwear Collection, Pajar continues to use suede and fur trimmed accents plus luxurious textures. The Sasha bomber, mid length Kimmy, and long Cougar come in a variety of rich colors with a removable fully fur lined hood for cozy chic comfort, while the quilting details on the Kiki vest with removable fur trimmed hood are perfect for brisk fall days.
Men’s 2013 CollectionFor urban guys, the sleek Scotch slip-on, Othello zipper boot, and lace-ups including the Brandon and Miracle, marry durability with a sporty look and a mink shearling lining for the utmost in comfort and style on inclement weather days.The men’s Sport Collection showcases weatherproof shoe and boot designs with a memory foam insole for extra comfort. Laurent II and Lonestar give the mid sneaker a performance makeover with textured leather combinations and faux fur lining for a luxe meets street look. Lace-ups like the Bermine and Eugenio refine the hiker boot for the modern urban man, while reversible ice grippers can be found in the Eric, Icegrip, and Sakhaline, keeping men grounded on icy terrain.For outerwear, the Zach bomber and mid length Eagle both feature a fur hood trim. For the transitional weather period, the Josh quilted vest and William jacket create the perfect layering ensemble.
MANITOBAH MUKLUKSCreated, owned, operated, and designed by Canada’s First Peoples (Aboriginals), Manitobah Mukluks carry on the centuries-long legacy of traditional footwear. Mukluks were initially used as a necessary survival tool for Canada’s harsh winters, particularly in the Territories. Now no longer as a survival tool, mukluks have now evolved to one of fashion, function and purpose. Sean McCormick (a Metis) created Manitobah Mukluks as a way to pay homage to the Aboriginal People, and to ensure the sustainability of Aboriginal culture and traditions. In a short time, Manitobah Mukluks were soon spotted among the fashionable, including supermodel Kate Moss, Beyonce and singer/actor Justin Timberlake just to name a few. Even British royal heir-in-waiting, Prince George was bestowed two pairs of the wee little ones upon his birth, crafted by a Manitoba artisan. The gifts symbolize “the historic ties between the Aboriginal peoples of Canada and the Crown”.
The 2013 collection consists of new designs in Mukluks, Moccasins, Accessories and the Storybook Project. The Storybook Project is a profit-sharing partnership to better the community. Working with elders and artisans who create their crafts in the traditional way – by hand, Mukluks then commissions the designs for a limited line of replicas.
Using a variety of distinctive hides, leathers and furs (suede, rabbit skin, deerskin, fur, sheepskin to name a few) and trim (beaver, rabbit, etc), an entire foot bed of 100% genuine sheepskin, and now with Vibram (a world leader in high-performance soles) for a high-abrasion, durable and rugged sole, Mukluks and Moccasins incorporate intricate beadwork and traditional designs of nature to used to reflect centuries-old customs and culture.
For Winter 2014, “Memento”, a mukluk-inspired women’s snowboard boot, will be the first collaboration boot for Manitobah Mukluks and the world’s leading snowboard brand, Burton Snowboards. This exclusive pairing utilizes Burton’s snowboarding performance tech (eg Women’s Specific True-Fit Design for ultimate comfort and response) with an authentic Manitobah Mukluks’ design.
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