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Museum exhibit shows off Alaska’s footwear

By KTVA CBS 11 News 12:50 AM November 6, 2013

Shoes allow visitors to see the heart and sole of the state

ANCHORAGE – In Alaska, shoes are much more than what we wear on our feet; they’re how we deal with the elements. Each pair share a different story of where they’ve been and who has worn them.

An exhibit at the Anchorage Museum is sure to please shoe lovers. It’s called “Footnotes: Shoes with Stories to Tell,” and the idea is for footwear to share the history of Alaska. More than a 120 pairs of shoes are featured. Museum officials say every shoe, from a mukluk to an Xtratuf, allows visitors to see the heart and sole of Alaska.

“They don’t realize that there’s a story behind them,” said museum spokesperson Laura Carpenter. “You can learn what the curled toe of the Sami shoes might mean. You can learn about Binky the polar bear and you might be able to learn a little bit about yourself.”

Some favorites on display include the sneaker Binky the polar bear snatched from a zoo visitor back in 1994 and a pair of thigh-high seal boots owned by Norweigan gold miner Arne Ericson. The exhibit runs until Feb. 16.

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