Shoe Fragments

Object Detail

About This Object
Shoe fragments, lower part of the shoe, two separate fragments and oak pegs.
This leather shoe, dating from the middle of the eighteenth century and excavated from the Invincible site, is a very rare item. Contrary to popular mythology, seamen did wear shoes. Although sometimes going barefoot when climbing the rigging or cleaning the decks in warm weather, shoes were generally worn on board ship. Leather shoes from the mid-18th century are quite rare and a number of examples have been recovered from the wreck site.
Catalogue Number
Length: 230mm
Width: 75mm
Production Date
Pre 1758
Production Period
Eighteenth Century