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Pattens: Medieval Shoe Protection

Pattens: Medieval Shoe Protection

Pattens are a type of overshoe worn in order to raise a typical medieval shoe off the ground.  Medieval shoes were not waterproof and with no interior support or heel, it was probably difficult to walk in inclement weather.  Several styles of pattens were present in the 14th and 15th century and could be constructed of wood or leather.