Bata Shoe Museum
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Sabatons are armoured footwear worn as part of a complete suit of amour. In the Gothic period, the fashion for pointy-toed shoes influenced the shape of the military sabaton. This late 15th century example would have been worn by an equestrian soldier. It features an articulated upper made of lames, or narrow strips of metal, which would have allowed the toe to hang over the stirrup enabling the rider to secure his foot while riding.

Germany, 1490