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Celtic shoes

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A fairly large number of Celtic leather shoes were found. Most of the finds are not particularly refined, apparently they were intended for everyday wear, but there are also elaborately decorated samples. The shoes were practical and easy to make. Men's and women's shoes didn't differ much from each other.

The structure of the samples found is sometimes quite different from each other. The most common type of footwear, which was probably worn by representatives of all classes of Celtic tribes, from warriors to civilians, is closed leather shoes, called "pistons"in Russian reenactor jargon.

Leather shoes from the National Museum of Antiquities. (Leiden)
Leather shoes. National Museum of History in Vienna, Austria. Hallstatt, 8th-3rd centuries BC
Leather shoes from the National Museum of Antiquities. (Leiden)

There were also more complex versions of both closed shoes, like calcareous ones, and semi-closed ones, with decorative holes in the upper part of the shoe. The sole can be attached with small boot nails.

Leather shoes. Martres de Veyre. 2nd century BC
Leather shoes. Martres de Veyre. Inv. 987-23-30. Second century BC

Related topics

The Celts, Calcei, Socks

Gallery

Leather shoes. Martres de Veyre. 2nd century BC
Leather shoes. Martres de Veyre. 2nd century BC
Wooden shoes. Martres de Veyre. Inv. 9878-23-36. Second century BC
Celtic shoes. 2-1 century BC
Leather shoes from Drentsmuseum. Holland. 160 BC-220 AD
Leather shoes from Drentsmuseum. Holland. 160 BC-220 AD
Leather shoes from Drentsmuseum. Holland. 160 BC-220 AD
Leather shoes from Drentsmuseum. Holland. 160 BC-220 AD
Leather shoes from Drentsmuseum. Holland. 160 BC-220 AD
Leather shoes from Drentsmuseum. Holland. 160 BC-220 AD
Leather shoes from the National Museum of Antiquities. (Leiden)
Leather shoes from the National Museum of Antiquities. (Leiden)
Leather shoes from the National Museum of Antiquities. (Leiden)
Shoes from Arnitlund. National Museum of Denmark