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  Women's decorated pattens, Turkey, 19th century Modern pattens

Courtesy: Northampton Shoe Museum

Vefa Dogramaci of Hammam Ltd

Pattens, sometimes known as bath clogs,  are designed to protect the feet from floors which are wet (as in a hammam, Russian bath , or sauna) or to insulate them from the heat of a floor heated by a hypocaust (as in an ancient Roman bath or a Victorian Turkish bath.

Victorian pattens were simple wooden sandals, rather like flip-flops in appearance, though made of wood, and much closer in style to the modern ones sold today by, for example, Hammam Ltd of Istanbul.

More elaborate models worn by women in nineteenth century Turkey would often raise the feet several inches off the ground and be highly decorated, as in the example shown above, from the Shoes from around the world section of the Northampton Shoe Museum.

This page last updated 22 September 2016

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