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example of how Indigenous values, ethics and culture can find success in
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Waterproof Tamarack Half
I bought these as I needed a boot that was easy to slip on and off after a bad fall. They are extremely comfy and cozy! The ONLY thing that I would have liked to see - and keeping in mind likely has a lot to do with my own injury - is a slight bit more cushioning in the sole of the foot. Otherwise, it’s like a baby puppy is taking a nap on my my feet they’re soooo comfy!
Great but not Canadian made
Love these boots, they've been very warm, my feet have been dry all winter! They are very comfortable and I find them to be less slippery than other winter boots I've had (pajar, Colombia, timberland). I'm a montrealer and we have icy winters! I am just disappointed that they are made in Vietnam. Considering how the brand prides itself on being Canadian and promotes indigenous artists etc., I was hoping they'd be manufactured here as well. As mentioned in other reviews I wouldn't size down, even if the leather has some stretch, I'd rather the extra room for thick socks than feel my toes touching the tip of the boot!
Love these boots!!!
Love these boots. DIdn't want to take them off, wore them like slippers for the first few weeks!
Really warm but don't size down
These boots are pretty great. I love how warm they are. I don't wear thick socks in the boots because there is more than enough warmth from the boots themselves. They've been waterproof even when I stepped in a deep puddle. The lack of half sizes kind of sucks. The website recommends sizing down when you are a half size because the boot stretches but I would disagree with this recommendation. I don't love how tightly packed my feet are in the boot. My toes touch the ends and with the fur lining, it can be a tight fit. They haven't stretched out at all. At this point it's too late to request an exchange. The details on the leather are really beautiful.
Love these boots! Only wish they were easier to repair
This is my second pair of Waterproof Tamarack Half boots and I love them. I ended up sizing up this time. I'm an 8.5 and bought an 8 last time. This time I got a size 9 and it's a much better fit, especially when I need to layer my socks. The fit, comfort and waterproofing on these boots are awesome, as are their grips on ice. I live in icy, cold Ottawa that regularly goes down to -20s and where we all do winter sports galore. Care is super easy, usually I wipe them with a wet cloth, and if they're starting to look like they take on moisture I'll rub mink oil into them. My only complaint is that they don't last long enough given that they're hard to repair. The inner lining on my size 8s wore out at the end of 2 winters, and my cobbler basically told me there was nothing he could do. While I know the other pair was smaller, I also wear these boots *every day* in winter time (that's over 4 months where I live) so it's not an unreasonable amount of wear and tear given the use, even if they were better sized. That said, not being able to repair is a major factor for me. If this new pair also doesn't last through more than 2 winters and the company doesn't come up with a repair program, I may have to seek my next pair of winter boots elsewhere, as this seems too wasteful to me. If I could regularly/easily have them repaired this would be a 5 star for me.
Frequently asked questions
To make our brand more accessible, to support our social impact initiatives, and to allow us to compete with other global fashion brands, we produce our products in international ethical partner factories. Our factory partners that support our growing product line go through an in-depth 3rd party inspection and internal Social Compliance Audit. These high standards are continually monitored and respected. We are proud of our manufacturing policies and our ability to build capacity globally. We believe that our success as an Indigenous business has been due to our willingness to walk forward while honouring our past.
Manitobah Mukluks makes a variety of products that match Canada's diverse climates. We offer select styles of adult mukluks that are waterproof. Those styles are tagged online as waterproof and can be seen here.
Both styles of children's mukluks are waterproof. They have been treated with our AuthenTEC waterproofing system; treated hide and an internal flexible coating that is inspired by pine pitch and spruce gum. Manitobah conducts rigorous waterproof and temperature testing using a minimum 50,000 flex standard.
The rest of the adult mukluks are constructed with natural suede and leather which are not sealed and not considered waterproof. We recommend treating them with a leather/suede protector to help with water resistance and general protection. All of our MUKLUKS are insulated with sheepskin footbeds and most are constructed with untreated suede which is porous (and not considered waterproof). These natural materials need to breathe in order to be effective in extreme cold. Indigenous people have been surviving in the coldest climates for thousands of years using this very wisdom.
Protection: Use a silicone-based leather/suede protector. Do not spray fur, as it contains natural protective oils. We offer a protecting spray as part of our Care Kit here.
To Clean: Leather can be cleaned using a gentle soap and soft brush. For salt, wipe down with a damp cloth. Even if they have been sprayed, salt is corrosive and can cause damage.
To Dry: Once wet, allow your footwear to dry naturally
Wear: Never pull fur when putting on or removing boot, fur sheds over time and frequent friction will cause the fur to shed much faster. Cross laces over before tightening to avoid tearing leather eyeholes
Storage: When ready to store them for the season you should clean them, allow them to dry and then pack them away in a sealed container away from heat, moisture and pets (a plastic storage tote works great.) You can also use a pool noodle or something similar in the shaft to keep them upright during storage.
Our traditional Mukluks and natural soled Moccasins are not built on a traditional foot last so there is no left or right foot. This method has been used on Indigenous footwear for thousands of years. Over time the natural materials will form to your foot and allow you to have a custom fit. Moccasins with the turtle vibram sole and all of our kids mukluks do have a left and right foot.
Our sheepskin-lined mukluks are considered one of the warmest winter boots for northern winters and are rated down to -32 degrees Celsius. Partnering with Vibram has also allowed us to design a sole that allows your foot to bend. Research indicates that flexible soles promote proper foot movement and blood circulation to your toes. This means that in cold dry weather, our mukluks will allow your feet to stay warmer than almost anything on the market.