Found within Idella Purnell's The Merry Frogs, is a tale from the Cora peoples, explaining how the rabbit and the deer swapped their shoes, retold by Sofia Payne.
When the world was young, deer had clawed paws, much like the modern rabbit have today. Self-conscious of his awkward gait, the deer picked his way through the woods until he saw an amazing sight: a small rabbit with gleaming hooves maneuvering gracefully amongst the rocky mountainside in the valley below. Envious, the deer followed the rabbit until he found them taking off his shoes for a short rest.
"Friend rabbit, may I try on your shoes? You look so beautiful leaping in them, I would love to feel so graceful!" "I'd... rather not," the rabbit replied.
The deer pleaded with the rabbit until finally he agreed to let the deer try on his shoes for 3 laps around the mountain.
"I'll be back before you know it!" the deer called to the rabbit as he galloped towards the mountain.
Once around the mountain, the deer shouted to the rabbit, "I feel so agile!"
His second trip around the mountain, the deer could be heard calling out "These shoes are amazing!"
Unfortunately, the rabbit did not hear from the deer on his 3rd lap around the mountain, nor saw his shoes again.