The Koskenjalka Shoe and Leather Museum is housed in what used to be a leather factory in Juupajoki’s Korkeakoski. Its collection is composed of more than a thousand pairs of shoes, photographs and shoe-making machinery. Displayed are elegant high-heeled shoes, shoes made of paper yarn during times of shortage, and a pair of shoes that belonged to President of Finland Mauno Koivisto. Established in 1894, the Korkeakoski factory was the first shoe factory in Finland. With the decline of the leather industry, the factory took up the production of wooden heels and lasts.
The museum has a shop that sells leather garments and local produce, a café and an art gallery with changing exhibitions.
When you visit the museum, it is also worthwhile to visit the Korkeakoski waterfalls and the Juupajoki gorge. The flora and geology of the gorge make it a valuable nature site. The factory received its power from the falls since 1897.
Contact information and opening times
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