Vamp – Newfoundland and Labrador Language Lessons


A vamp is hand-knit from homespun wool and it’s basically the business end of a sock. It sort of ignores the leg part and you’ve got the full foot, the heel and, then it cuts off. A vamp is generally used in boots intended to be a oversized anyway, especially when you had handmade boots. The vamp then of course added warmth, there was some comfort in there to stop chafing, and I guess probably a cushioning factor too, in the bottom of the boot. You know you had many many families with their own sheep, so the whole process would come through probably in the one family. Therefore I think all of these things then have some special meaning, over and above going out somewhere to buy a pair of vamps.

3 thoughts on “Vamp – Newfoundland and Labrador Language Lessons

  • That's not the usage in my hometown on the North-East coast. There a vamp is a thick sock, usually knitted.
    The way he describes it a vamp is just an ankle sock.

  • Oooooooh! He's talkng about duffies! I was thinking vamp? I never heard tell of that before then I realized what he meant! Also if this is Newfoundland and Labrador Language Lessons where's the Labrador English, all I hear is Island English?

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