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Boot

Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance)
Materials: leather, metal
Dimensions: 110mm (width), 240mm (height), 290mm (length)
Date: 1914-1916
Ref no: N: 88b

A dark brown leather boot for the left foot. One of two boots (N: 88a-b) of different sorts designed by Ernest Shackleton and used during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance).

Physical description:

A dark brown leather boot for the left foot. The upper, lower and bellows tongue are all of leather, and there is no lining. The lower consists of a single piece of leather which goes all the way around the lower half of the boot and is stitched at the back. There is a leather bootstrap at the top of the boot at the back to help pull the boot on and off. The sole is made of leather, fixed in place with metal nails, and the heel has been built up in a horseshoe-shape. There is no tread, but there are three extant fine hobnails around the side of the toe. The lacing consists of eight pairs of metal eyelets, with leather laces. The stitching is in a natural fibre (such as waxed linen).

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