No. 1

THE front part and toe-piece of a slashed and pounced black-leather shoe; the sole and heel are missing. Sixteenth century.

No. 2

A BLACK-leather fifteenth-century shoe, wanting heel-piece, having its original instep strap and buckle. A similar shoe appears on a monument in Ardingly Church, Sussex, dated 1464.

No. 3

A CHILD’S black-leather shoe, with pounced and slashed fillet or toe-piece. Sixteenth century.


A GOOD example of the fifteenth-century pointed, or poulaine shoe, with the strap for tying over the instep; it measures 11¼ inches. The upper leather, at the heel, is 4 inches high; a part of the side has disappeared. The fashion of this shoe is similar to the steel soleret given on Plate III.

No. 5

AN example of the extravagant and singular fashion of the shoes of the fourteenth century. This shoe is for the right foot, the toe of which takes an outward curve, the shoe of the left foot doing the same, which would cause the wearer to appear as if splay-footed: illustrations of shoes of this kind are to be found in illuminated manuscripts and on monumental brasses of the period.

No. 6

A WIDE-TOED shoe of the time of Henry VIII. It wants the heel-piece, and measures only 9 inches in length, while the toe is 6 inches across. This fashion also prevailed with the military in the steel soleret.

No. 7

SOLE of a shoe of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

The above are from drawings made by the Author. Guildhall Museum, London.