January 18, 2012

Gong Mukluks

Activist artist Louie Gong teams up with Manitobah Mukluks to produce a special line of Northwest Coast-themed mukluks and moccasins.

Gong has been creating shoe art for the past couple years, making his mark on Vans sneakers in the form of Custom Coast Salish and Northwest Coast style shoes since 2009. You can check out his Eighth Generation website for more information on all his latest accomplishments and creative projects.

The two footwear options offered as part of the collab will feature a hand-etched Thunderbird design created by Gong and placed onto the Manitobah Mukluks' traditional Gatherer style shoe.

To view the TV premiere of the new kicks, click ahead to the 2:30 minute mark and hear more about the collaboration. [NOTE: The video shows an early prototype of the mukluk. The final version, which will launch for sale in the Spring, will be a mid-high boot instead of a tall for a keener fit! AND the art is Coast Salish, not Haida.]

Image above: Gong with the Thunderbird design, shot by Kiliii Fish.