Irish Slipper (c.700-900)
"Lucas, Type 2"
Based on a shoe found in Ballymacomb, County Derry. This center seam type of shoe is made generally of a thin leather, such as pig, deer, sheep, goat, horse, ox or even calfskin. Thread is generally of gut or sinew, with thonging for the heel. There are a number of decorative motives that are found incised into the surface. Note that when it is made, the front forms a large half circle over the front of the foot, and gradually develops into a wrinkled, folded mass that conforms to the shape of the foot.
This design is based on a description found in Lucas and Hald.
Footwear of the Middle Ages - Historical Shoe Designs/Number 2, by I. Marc Carlson. Copyright 1996, 1998
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