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Fragments of a leather shoe

Fragments of a leather shoe

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1370-1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather

  • Museum number:

    T.111&A-1918

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is part of a poulaine, a type of medieval man’s shoe with a long pointed toe. The poulaine was fashionable from about 1370 to 1400 and again from 1450 to 1500. Here the back part is missing, which makes precise dating difficult.

The toes were often stuffed with moss or wool to maintain their shape. At their most extreme, they could be as much as 20-25cm long, though such shoes were worn by only the most fashion conscious.

Physical description

Shoe, known as a poulaine with a very long pointed toe, fashionable from 1370-1400 and again from about 1450-1500

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1370-1500 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Leather

Dimensions

Length: 29 cm, Width: 9.5 cm

Production Note

1370-1400 or 1450-1500

Materials

Leather

Categories

Accessories; Footwear; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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