pattens

Pattens (= stilt shoes). Late Medieval wooden overshoes protecting the wearer from street dirt and saving leather shoes. They were often worn in combination with spiked shoes.

The "Hausbuch der Mendelschen Zwölfbrüderstiftung zu Nürnberg" (15th/16th Centuries) contains a picture of a street sweeper wearing pattens. Next to it a find from Duisburg:

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