Ancient Yoruba Boots!!!

I’m sorry if you think I’m crazy, but this is in response to a question that SHE asked me in the previous post, and I totally went off point and began to ramble about Igbos and Yorubas having boots long before the Europeans showed up.

Anyway, I promised I would find a picture because I had come across a pair of Yoruba boots in an obscure African museum once and I found it!!!!


Below are two very very rare sets of Igbo riding boots that according to the museum may have been made to wear with horses purchased from Hausa traders (bloody trypanosomiasis means some parts of Igbo land are a death trap for our four-legged friends).

Note the split toes. These things are crazy cute!!!!!!

Behold the ancestor of the jumpsuit that is currently flooding the catwalks of Fashion Week
And according to the IMA Museum, this Igbo Agbogho masquerade costume is worn with boots, which totally makes sense because I’ve seen the Agbogho Mmuo and the whole thing looks like a playsuit so I guess they wear the matching boots to create that effect.

Now tremble at the awesomeness of Nigerian Cultures!!!


  • Reply October 5, 2009

    Myne Whitman

    Oh wow, I didn’t know this before. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply October 5, 2009


    hey sugabelly, dont know if yu have seen this, but i would like to know what yu think…..

  • Reply October 5, 2009


    this is great and you have inspired me to upload the pictures i took from the british museum.

  • Reply October 5, 2009


    oh wow…
    Your excitement is so adorable. And yes our cultures are SUPER awesome. Thanks for bringing this to the attention of the world.

  • Reply October 5, 2009


    i love i love i love! thank you! for the education!

  • Reply October 5, 2009


    This is hilarious and I LOVE, LOVE LOVE!!!

  • Reply October 6, 2009


    Heavy Handclap! Yes, heavy! These are absolutely awesome and unfortunately, most of us don’t even know of these (myself included).

    So, I need to be rocking the Yoruba boots and the Igbo riding boots cause they are hot!

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  • Reply October 9, 2009


    You guys need to learn how to do basic google searches, I mean lol!

  • Reply October 14, 2009


    Okay. It’s official. you are beyond cool. Can i tweet this?????

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