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Extremely rare baby boot from Middle Ages found in Switzerland


Archaeologists in the Swiss canton of Jura have unearthed a stunning fragment of a baby boot dating from the second half of the 14th century.

Extremely rare baby boot from Middle Ages found in Switzerland
The decorative designs of the boot have been described as "exceptional"
[Credit: Office de la culture and Gentle Craft]
The fragment measuring 17cm by 13cm was found during ongoing archaeological excavations in the picturesque old town of Saint-Ursanne near the Swiss–French border.

The uppers are made of goat leather while the soles are made from cow leather.

Extremely rare baby boot from Middle Ages found in Switzerland
An artist's impression of the original boot [Credit: Office de la culture and Gentle Craft]
The “exceptional” decorations consist of a foliage motif and geometric patterns, the Jura Office of Culture said in a statement.


Specialists from the Shoe Museum Lausanne say the ankle boot belonged to a child of around 12 months of age. Its design was popular in the second half of the 14th century.

Extremely rare baby boot from Middle Ages found in Switzerland
Medieval wooden architectural remains found under the Rue du 23 juin
[Credit: Cantonal Office of Culture]
It is unique in Switzerland. Only five such shoes have been found in Europe – three in London and two in the Netherlands.

The original colour of the boot is unknown as leather which has been preserved for a long period is always dark brown.

Source: The Local [March 30, 2019]

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