First baby shoes by First Nations women

baby mocassins from QuemeezSure, we’ve all had elasticized slippers for our babies, but
when was the last time your baby went out in hand-made, hand-beaded
leather stay-on moccasins made by First Nations women in Canada? Not
recently, I’m willing to bet.

These little moccasins from Quemeez moccasins are designed by Sunshine Tenasco, a mom of three, who
along with her staff on the Kitigan Zibi Indian Reserve in Quebec makes
every slipper by hand.

And (now here is where my heart melts a little more) for a tiny
extra fee you can even have the moccasins customized with your child’s

The softest leather (they really are the most glorious baby
slippers I’ve ever felt), the most precious glass beads and traditional
Algonquin designs combine to make moccasins in sizes 1 to 10 that will surely become a
precious family heirloom. And that’s something all the mass-produced
slippers will never do.

Handmade baby moccasins by QuemeezJust when you think you’ve seen it all in the world of baby shoes,
something unique and unbearably cute comes along and reminds you that
there are moms designing great new products every day. That’s what Quemeez did for me. –Stephanie

Find exquisite handmade baby moccasins online from Quemeez moccasins

Stephanie S.

Stephanie Slate is an Ontario-based writer, crunchy mom, and celebrity stroller expert. And no, she does not say "eh."


  • Reply August 26, 2010


    I just found you guys (gals) through twitter and love ya….keep up the great work!

  • Reply August 26, 2010


    Cute, but I’m wondering if it’s safe to have glass beads on a baby’s shoe? (swallowing/choking hazard?)

  • Reply August 27, 2010


    My kids have beaded moccasins and they have never lost a bead. It is is so important to support First Nation woman.

  • Reply September 1, 2010


    Wonderful pick Stephanie! The concept of baby moccasins for new walkers and little crawlers is darling. The hand-made story makes the slippers even more unique, especially since the sales benefit other women and mothers.

  • Reply January 5, 2011


    Those are soooo adorable!! We also love jemos footwear, they are like little hand sewn moccasins as well but have a strap and a footbed. Also a mom owned company! :)

  • Reply March 30, 2011


    I love the Quemeez moccasins and ordered and paid for a pair on February 14th,2011. As of today they have not arrived. I am unable to get in touch with anyone. I send several emails and also left messages on their 800-number, no replies. I checked out their website but it no longer exists.
    Does anyone have an answer for me?

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    Reply March 30, 2011

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