Shoes Wonderful Shoes
Aimee and I spent the other day at the Museums Resource Centre looking at our shoe collection. We discovered a massive hoard of parts of leather shoes found in a ditch at the Oxford Castle, a great project for an archaeological research group to explore at some point in the future. Then we rediscovered this child’s shoe found in a Late Roman Well at Barton Court Farm, Abingdon. Only 13.5cm long and 6cm wide it is the right shoe, with moccasin style vamp, a stitched on sole and stiched with thongs. This lovely objects was conserved in 2000. A historic treatment possibly with excessive amounts of neats foot oil had left the shoe as a sticky dark mass (see attached image). This sticky treatment was painstakingly removed with Alcosol D70 (white spirit substitute) and then the shoe parts were reconstructed with dyed japanese tissue and silk crepline.