Leather shoe with pointed toe and leather laces: late 14th century
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Small leather shoe with a pointed toe and leather laces. The upper part of the shoe is made from one single part of leather. This shoe is lightweight, flexible with a thin sole. During the medieval period children's shoes were similar to those worn by adolescents and adults. The only exceptions were the exaggerated, long, pointed 'poulaines', which were only worn by adults. This child's ankle-shoe dates to the late 1300s. It is fastened at the front with a leather thong. It was found at Baynard's Castle Dock, near Blackfriars, London.
1350 AD - 1400 AD