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Men's Early 15th Century Cote

Men's Early 15th Century Cote

This garment is a man’s houppelande or cote.  This style of garment gained popularity during the late 14th- early 15th century in England and France.  It is essentially a baggy outer layer constructed in a way to create large loose waves of fabric.  It is often seen belted at the waist, which accentuates the pleated appearance around the body.  The sleeves styles of these garments vary from utilitarian and straight to extravagant and flowing. 

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.