Even though Manitobah strives to maintain tradition, like hand-etching their deerskin products, some things have been adapted to make their footwear more compatible with urban living. Instead of using crepe to make the soles of their footwear they've partnered with vibram to create soles out of modern material that won't wear out as quickly on the pavement and concrete.
As I mentioned in my previous post I have a lot of respect for the values Manitobah Mukluks promote and it was nice to learn that the companies they work with share their outlook. The snowboarding company Burton approached them about working together to design a Mukluk type boot, because they didn't want to appropriate Aboriginal culture. Burton partnered with Manitobah because they respected to companies values and the community they support and together they designed a snowboarding boot that was functional yet looks very traditional without being cartoonish.
Now that I've had an in-depth look at how things are run and am a bit more knowledgable of the company history I'm really proud to support this Canadian company! You can order Manitobah products online or find them locally at Town Shoes, Quichua World Market and a few other stores, all listed on the Manitobah website.