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Down at the heel for lack of a shoe­horn

He bequeythed to his sone Tome Hys chaspy and his schoyng horne With pyr­dowy.” From the Lystyne Lordys Vera­ment, c.1475–1500. See Marc Carlson’s trans­la­tion and com­ment­ary That pas­sage is inter­est­ing in what it tells us about how shoes fit at that time. You don’t need a shoe­horn for loose shoes. There …

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