|V and A: 1740s Shoes with Pattens:|
What are pattens, besides really really cool? Pattens were ladies' shoe accessories worn to protect one's fancy shoes, to raise the wearer up out of the mud and muck of the street, and to keep the heels of the shoes from sinking into the various street substances. They served to protect hems, and prolong the life of the shoes they covered.
|Shelburne Museum - early 18th c. shoe with pattens|
|Shoe-Icons: early 18th century patten|