Cork Pattens Germanisches Nationalmuseum

A pair of 15th century cork pattens with engraved and filed brass toe fittings after an original shown in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg (inventory no. T41). Cork pattens contain a thick cork insole covered by leather all around. Compared to the sturdier wooden pattens these would most likely be worn indoors or around the house on somewhat clean and even surfaces to keep the feet insulated from cold floors.


  • Goubitz, Olaf, Carol van Driel-Murray, Willy Groenman-Van Waateringe. Stepping Through Time: Archaeological Footwear from Prehistoric Times Until 1800. pp249.