Obenaltendorf Shoe

Obenaltendorf, a bog find from more than a century ago of a pair of shoes worn by a man. The originals are quite fragmented, but there is still enough left to be able to tell what the shoe looked like in some detail. They are typical for what is generally termed a Germanic type of shoe because of the markedly asymmetrical pattern with the tabs and loops of the outer side distinctly longer than those on the inner side of the shoe. 

There are a few other finds that show similar style and decorative features, not only from bogs and up north, also from the Saalburg area e.g. The dating is roughly 2nd - 4th century AD. 


  • Hahne, H., 1915: Moorleichenfunde aus Niedersachsen. Vorzeitfunde aus Niedersachsen Teil B.
  • Oltmanns, V., Zwei frühgeschichtliche Schuhe aus Ostfriesland. Nachrichten aus Niedersachsens Urgeschichte 76, 2007, 77-86.