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168211.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:09 am Reply with quote

As tested by another pachyderm

168225.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:09 am Reply with quote

If she trips on that loose shoelace, they'll be clearing that dog up with a hose.

172744.  Tue May 08, 2007 10:20 am Reply with quote

Kudos to Jon Petrie on the picture team for making contact with Rebecca Shawcross, the Shoe Heritage Officer at Northampton Museum, who has knocked this question for six (particularly my stuff about the sewing machines).

Until the 1590s shoes had no heels and were made in left/right pairs. But when heels came into fashion it was more difficult to do so, and they were made straight. A few L&R heel-less shoes can be found up to the 1620s, but not many.

So things stood till about 1800, when flat soles came back into fashion and the L/R pairs came back. From about 1820 it was became easier to make L/R pairs even for heeled shoes because they started using the pantograph.

So the period when shoes were indistinguishable was limited to the 2 centuries 1600-1800.

Maybe we can still do something with that, though?

172745.  Tue May 08, 2007 10:24 am Reply with quote

Big one of these for Jon then.

181483.  Sun Jun 10, 2007 4:33 am Reply with quote

The world's oldest shoes

Can't really tell if they're left and right shoes though.

181528.  Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:09 am Reply with quote

Can't really tell if they're shoes, come to that. Oven gloves, maybe?


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