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17th Century shoes discovered in attic

The flat metal ring below the shoe created a platform of several inche‎s. Photo: Hansons Auctioneers

A pair of shoes dating back to 1690 were found in an attic in Nottinghamshire.

The 17th Century leather shoes have a flat metal ring nailed to the sole and are thought to have been worn by a 'young, well-off child'.

The ancient shoes - called pattens - are expected to fetch between £600 and £800 when they go up for auction next month.

Measuring only 7.5 inches long and made in England, they are charming.

With obvious worn wear, the detail of shells on the leather is still evident.

They would certainly have been awkward to walk in and made a distinct ringing too.

– Charles Hanson, auctioneer
They will go up for auction with a guide price of £600 to £800. Credit: Hansons Auctioneers

Charles Hanson, manager of Hansons Auctioneers, said the pattens would have been strapped beneath fabric-covered shoes to raise them out of the mud and effluence of the streets.

Pattens were also worn because of unpaved roads, and indoor stone floors were very cold in the harsher winters of the 17th Century. ‎

The flat metal ring below the shoe - nailed to the wooden sole - created a platform of several inche‎s.

– Charles Hanson

They will be sold in Hansons Auctioneers' specialist Medieval Revelry and 17th-Century interior auction in Derbyshire on June 1st.