Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

pair of boots
  • unknown Kalaallit (Greenland Inuit) maker
  • pair of boots, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Greenland?
  • leather, buckskin, cotton, cord, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a) 50 x 13 x 34 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a) 19 11/16 x 5 1/8 x 13 3/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 52 x 11 x 36 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 20 1/2 x 4 5/16 x 14 3/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7451.a,b

The pair of boots have a tall shaft. The sole is made of dark brown leather that is puckered at the heel and toe, and the top of the foot and the shaft are made from a light tan buckskin. At the top edge of each shaft is a strip of cotton cloth where the drawstring cord is pulled through. The cotton is a brown or gray color with thin red stripes. Each shoe has four small loops at the top of the leather part where leather cords would be pulled through. The leather cord is still present on part a and is a very long, thin strip of dark brown leather.