Inuit people wear a variety of footwear, including traditional footwear and footwear with flexible rubber soles.
Inuit companies are not allowed to make footwear that would cause injury or death.
A spokeswoman for Inuit Footwear Industries Association, a non-profit, said the association does not have the resources to implement safety measures that would prevent people from walking in the snow.
She said the industry’s goal is to continue to develop innovative footwear that is suitable for outdoor activities and is not harmful to people who wear them.
“There are no regulations that prevent us from doing what we are doing,” said Inuit woman Amanda Bylund.
“It’s just the nature of the trade.
We’re trying to make it a little safer.”
Inuit footwear companies are allowed to sell some products, such as boots made from rubber soled materials and snowshoes made from recycled materials, and some products made from leather.
But they cannot sell shoes made of polyurethane, which is also known as “leather” and is used for cushioned footwear.
Polyurethanes have been linked to heart disease, asthma, and arthritis in some cases.
Inuits who are unable to wear polyureths have resorted to wearing more traditional footwear.
Bylun said she and other Inuit make-up artists in northern New Brunswick, where the industry is relatively small, do not use polyurethanes because they have been unable to find them in stores.
“I just don’t want to be associated with something that I think is not really going to help me,” she said.
She and other artists said the lack of availability of polyured footwear is not a concern.
“A lot of us are looking for other options, like we are looking at getting new footwear,” Bylung said.
“We’ve been getting a lot of requests for custom shoes and other custom footwear that has more flexibility in the foot and is comfortable.”
The footwearing industry in New Brunswick is still very small.
There are only about 200 people working in the industry, said Inukami Inuit leader Mihai Inu, who runs the Inukaki Footwear and Footwear Industry Association.
There is no formal regulation for the footwear industry in Inukina, where there are about 30 other shoe makers, including companies that make traditional footwear, as well as in the northern New England community of Wukwudgin.
The Inukas in the area say they have made some progress in reducing the number of deaths and injuries from snowshoe accidents, but more work is needed.
The association says it hopes to set up a committee to explore and promote the use of traditional footwear in the Inuit community.
“The next step will be to set some rules around how to implement these things and how to protect people,” Byslung said, referring to a proposal for an Inuit committee to address the issue.
“They need to get a lot more people wearing them.”
For the uninitiated, the word “footwear” refers to shoes made from nylon, polyester, or other materials.
Polymer is the most commonly used material for traditional footwear today, with a wide range of colors.
But traditional footwear can also be made from a variety (including nylon and rubber) of synthetic materials, including polyester.
Some traditional shoe makers use polymers to make their products stiffer and more flexible, but others make them flexible and lightweight to keep them in use.
Byswidden, a Canadian company that makes flexible rubber-soled footwear, said in a statement that the company is “committed to ensuring that its products are made in a way that provides a positive environment for people to enjoy and contribute to society.”
Inukinewaker, another footwear company based in northern Ontario, said it has also made significant progress in developing a better, more flexible shoe made of flexible polymers.
The company has created a “foot-friendly” version of its traditional footwear that allows the wearer to adjust the shape of the shoe by touching it to the ground.
“Many people who walk around in their everyday shoes will not appreciate that there is a flexible option,” said Mark O’Toole, senior vice president and general manager for Inukiniwneaker.
The flexible rubber shoe, which sells for about $30 to $50, was developed by the company in cooperation with other traditional shoe companies.
Inukinowneak says its shoe, known as the Inukshank, is designed for people who want to have a more comfortable walking experience.
It comes in two sizes, a small and a medium.
The large, made of nylon, is also used by some Inuit and Metis.
It has a rubber sole and a lightweight, flexible rubber toe that fits the foot.
“These shoes are designed to be worn for years, not for