17th Century shoes discovered in attic

The flat metal ring below the shoe created a platform of several inche‎s. Credit: 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.

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.

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