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Friday Shoe History Corner: Kabkab
Lots of photographs of geta, sandals, clogs, pattens etc.
Sandals from Liberia
A nice little article about the history of shoes

Foorbinding, with photos. Might be distressing for some people.

13th century Spanish Jews were wearing pattens apparently. Would love to see some corroborating evidence.
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There is a painting that shows a 'peasant shoe' of straw, like the traditional German strohschuh.

Meister der Karlsruher Passion, Kreuztragung Christi

Colour version here, and large bildindex version here. See the guy in the lower right-hand corner? It does look like he's wearing shoes made from plant matter. I can see this being another way of making an overshoe to protect any nicer shoes. (It seems to be assumed though that the straw shoes are the only shoes you own. At least he's wearing hose between the straw and his bare feet.)

Did I mention that the man also has a really sexy-looking wooden bucket?

Edit: Trying to find a clear photo of the 'patten' worn by one of the statues of the Fontana Maggiore, Perugia hasn't yielded anything yet.
Edit, again: Some 12th century sculptures:
Madonna by Benedetto Antelami, Morgan Madonna from Auvergne, Virgin and Child from Morez, lots of 12th century-related pictures.

Some success:
Managed to find the stained glass windows from Elisabethkirche zu Marburg (before 1250). (Middle of the second row.)

There is the possible pattens being worn by the Apostle Bartholomew
Full pane:

I'd consider these to be pattens rather than sandals, because John the Baptist is in the pane next to him, and they took the time to paint his bare feet.
Full pane:

However, these are rather plain shoes, especially when comparing them to Marys' decorated shoes (from the second row, first on the left.)
Full pane:

Or Elisabeth

There is a bishop, also with decorated feet but he's 14th century.


Oct. 8th, 2007 07:00 pm
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Trying to chase up the Cicero reference to galoshes, and found this google book, and this well-written little article on the etymology of the word (about 3rd one down).

It may be exciting to read that galoshes were worn with lacerna, but not as exciting when you realise they're referring to a cloak... but it does provide a handy reference to why they were two closely-linked garments:

In Phillippics 2.76, Cicero reminds the Senate of the non-Roman attire -- a lacerna and Gallic shoes -- that Antony chose to flaunt when entering Rome from Gaul to stand for the consulship in 44 BCE . (Latin Phillippics here)

I need to track down these two articles, so I can see if there's actually any truth behind Gaulish shoes having wooden soles...

Dyck, Andrew R. Dressing to Kill: Attire as a Proof and Means of Characterization in Cicero's Speeches
Arethusa - Volume 34, Number 1, Winter 2001, pp. 119-130

ZEUS Notes and Queries.1854; s1-IX: 470-471
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When I'm more awake, I will look at this article in Lithuanian about clogs closely.
It does seem to have some dates and places named for 13th century and earlier pattens though. :)

Oh, and people wondering where the mention of Galoshes comes from, it's because Cicero mentions Gauls wearing leather-soled shoes, which is often interpreted as being an early style of patten.

The 13th century clog mentioned is from Rotterdam, and while it is in the history museum there, the Clog Museum has a photo and some undated pattens.
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A 19th century story about the biblical origins of pattens, from Three Years in Constantinople, published 1844

page 124 Read more... )

When you compare a 19th century Sudanese patten with a typical 15th century pair, you can certainly see the similarities though. (The Wellcome images collection has a more detailed black-and-white photo if you search under 'pattens', plural.)

Page 129 of Life in the Middle Ages mentions 12th century pattens again.

The Tympanum of Velezay has a sculpture of men wearing pattens, (described as clogs on the webpage) however according to this article in the Art Bulletin, they have been interpreted as the sculptor trying to depict Assyrians, as per Strabo: The Geography , Book 16, chapter 1:
Read more... )

So is the fact they're wearing pattens meant to show they're so obviously foreign? That nobody would really wear great blocks of wood on their feet because it was so silly?

(Did I link to this clog-patten already? I can't remember anymore. I've been home sick for over a month, I still feel horrid and I just want to do some work. Waaah!)
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Like the German 'trippe', Dutch seems to have 'trip' and they really like clogs.
A 13th century patten, looks just like the one on page 256 of Goubitz.
14th-15th century shoes, and a patten
Just cute: a pewter? charm of a pair of pattens. (You have to scroll down)
A general site on clogs, with a map showing different words for them.
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Gugel seems to be the specialised word for medieval hoods, often with lirilpipes.

Anyway, this came about when I finally realised I want to cannibalise a woolen (kurta-)tunic I found at the op-shop for $2 into a lightweight hood. Depending on how excited I get, I could use the embroidery (so much embroidery) around the edges of the hood too. It looks generically medieval. (A lot like the trim here, actually.)

So, I went in search of some evidence for the Haithabu hood, and found a photo. It doesn't look obviously hood-shaped to me, but it does explain why the pattern here is so narrow.

Edit: I knew I forgot something, the Skjoldehamn hood. Only pattern I can find online is on page 28 of the Thesis ”paa en Stang Struden efter hannem bære by Vera Hügel.

Non-Viking related links
A lot of shoes tonight, 6-7th century platform shoes

More 13th century trippe/pattens!
Reproduction of what looks like the 13th century Museum of London pattens too.

Still on shoes- 15th century Polaines from Estonia.

A kit guide for 11th century Frankish dress, including an appendix of womens' garb.

Baltic finds of pottery, ceramics, glassware, shoes... from the Ostpreussisches Landesmuseum.
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And people said there wasn't much evidence for 13th century pattens? Bah! )

A few more links:
Museum of London's Shoes and Pattens have a 13th century one.

Book references which might have more information:
The Guide to Historic Costume By Karen Baclawski, available at SLV and Melbourne uni


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