The Buinerveen shoes, which resemble more traditional views of European "bag shoes", gathered up by a thong, were dated (by pollen analysis by Groenman-van-Waateringe) to about 3000 BCE. Buinerveen shoe, wrapped up around the sides of the foot and tied with a thong, giving rise to the myth of the ubiquity of the bundschuh/hudsko, the "primative" single-piece "bag shoe" as it is even today sometimes referred to; or more often, center seam shoes, typified by those found in Greece and Rome.
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Footwear of the Middle Ages - Historical Shoe Designs/Buinerveen shoes, by I. Marc
Carlson. Copyright 2000
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