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Dress and ornament
in Roman Britain

Child's shoe

Length: 160.000 mm

1935,1106.9

Child's shoe

From: the site of the Bank of England, London
Date: 1st or 2nd century AD

This small shoe probably belonged to a child. It is made of leather and has a sturdy hob-nailed sole.

Many kinds of shoes were worn in the Roman world, from tough workmen's shoes and hobnailed soldiers' sandals to finely-made, expensive slippers. Because leather rots, most Roman shoes have not survived, but this shoe was kept preserved in waterlogged ground.