Loughborough Market Object Labels 2

Wooden pattens to wear under shoes.

These wooden pattens were often worn for three important reasons:

  1. The medieval streets were far from clean so these early platform shoes would keep women’s dresses and wealthy men’s robes out of the muck.
  2. The floors were cold so the wood gave some insulation to the feet and
  3. Medieval shoes were made of leather and the leather soles and stitching around them could wear out over time, so the pattens could make them last longer.

These pattens are clearly not new. Medieval markets would always include ‘Otheres’ stalls, which sold a variety of second, third or fourth hand goods as everything was re-used, maybe having been mended first.

 

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