Men's Shoes

Many shoes from this period still exist, and can be seen in museums around the world. Remains of some sixteenth century shoes were excavated from the wreck of a Basque whaling ship, the wreckage of which was found off the coast of Canada.

During Elizabeth's reign, heels on shoes make their first appearance. Shoes finally lost the duck-billed appearance of the previous period, and became narrower. The new style covered more of the foot and a rosette could be attached over the latchet.

As with the rest of fashion, footwear was heavily influenced by the Spanish Court.

The Italian pantofle and Venetian heeled slipper replaced the escaffignons of the previous period. This period sees the appearance of latchets, or laces, crossing over the tongue from either side.

Pumps, thin soled leather shoes worn principally by footmen, are mentioned for the first time in the Elizabethan era.

Well to do men often had shoes with tapered toes decorated with slashing or pinking. After the turn of the century, shoes had heels and were decorated prominently with rosettes.

The mule, a heeled, backless shoe appeared, worn alone or over other shoes.