Watford Shoes, 1606
(Northampton museum P36/1965 4/85) (illustratrion after D.A. Saguto)
These front laced latchet shoes are based on a shoe found concealed in a half-timber house in Watford, Herts. Any errors in the above picture are mine. The outsole is 11 oz, with hobnails. The midsole is 10 oz. The heels are spring heels. The outside quarter is cut down in a wedge shape. The side closing seams are round closed on the inside, with a pitch of 7. The back seam is round closed on the outside, with a pitch of 10.
These shoes are based on old paper patterns and Jäfvert's notes in the cellar of the Nordiska Museets, thanks to June M. Swann and D.A. Saguto.
They are made with a spring heel, not a separate heel.
Romont Gate c.1570-1600/40 (Inv. No.
FRI-PL/R.ROM 604) (Illustration after M. Volken)
Made on a straight last, from thick cow leather, welted construction. There is a reinforcement binding around the quarters, inside the latchets, and along the instep. There may have been a lining.
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Footwear of the Middle Ages - Historical Shoe Designs/Front Laced Latchet Shoes,
by I. Marc Carlson. Copyright 2001
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