Child’s shoe, left foot, six inches long. Very old, the leather is hard and brittle. The shoe has been repaired many times and has had a piece of leather added over the toebox in a Frankenstein line of stitches. Toe has a slight hole in it so you can see the layer of leather underneath. The sole has three pieces of metal nailed to the front area, forming a horseshoe. From the flea market in Linz, Austria. Among other old things on a table sat this shoe and two others in a row, all the left foot, in graduated sizes. Equally worn and mended. The family was probably very poor. I think the child only had one foot, the left one. Maybe there was a partial right leg. I doubt he or she lived past the age at which the largest shoe on display was worn. I should have bought the other two..
Tags: boy, broken, child, death, disabled, disease, family, girl, handmade, illness, loss, missing, pain, poverty, sad, scars, shoe, single, used
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