Native American-inspired items from the likes of Urban Outfitters and Victoria's Secret have sparked outrage in recent years, and rightfully so. Cultural appropriation perpetuates harmful stereotypes and robs aboriginal communities of much-needed economic opportunities. Avoid ethically shady imitations and shop the real thing from Canadian brand Manitobah Mukluks, which recently secured Holt Renfrew as its first national retailer. These limited-edition Annie McKay Mukluks are part of the aboriginal-owned company's Storyboot Project, which partners with elders and artisans to fashion footwear the traditional way. Not only do these beautiful mukluks look a hell of a lot better than ghastly pleather knockoffs, but Manitobah also does 50-50 profit sharing with the artists' families and communities.
$800, Holt Renfrew H Project, 50 Bloor West, 416-922-2333, and other, store.manitobah.ca