Another view of the two pairs of children's shoes tied within the larger isolated adult shoe. The isolated shoe has the earliest known example of a "rand"…Read More »
a folded leather strip that goes between the sole of the shoe and the upper part, reinforcing the stitching and making the shoe more watertight. In the dry climate of ancient Egypt it would not have been as useful a device and its presence suggests that the seven shoes may have been made abroad. Less «
An image of the left shoe. When André Veldmeijer analyzed the pair he found that the left had more repairs than the right. This indicates that the person who wore them walked with a limp.
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A sign of status
Credit: Illustration by M.H. Kriek
An artist's impression showing what the adult shoes looked like in antiquity. They were closed using a tailed toggle system with leather strips forming…Read More »
knots which were passed through openings to close the shoes. A strip of leather would hang down, decoratively, from either side of each knot. The shoes were relatively expensive, possibly foreign made and would have been a sign of status. Less «
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Style at its best
Credit: Drawings by E. Endenburg and A.J. Veldmeijer
The cutting pattern of the shoes based on the adult pair. All the shoes have a similar pattern although the child shoes do not have a strip and the isolated…Read More »
Owen Jarus writes about archaeology and all things about humans' past for Live Science. Owen has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto and a journalism degree from Ryerson University. He enjoys reading about new research and is always looking for a new historical tale.