The European shoes derive from a variety of countries including Greece, Spain, France, England, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands.
Highlighted from England are a pair of "Cumberland". A child would have worn these clogs. They are made of heavy black leather and wooden soles with iron rims.
From Spain are a pair of "Alpargata" Espadrilles. Espadrilles are flat shoe from the Pyrenees made of linen and have a rope sole. A child would have worn the pair in our collection.
Another type of shoe displayed is a pair of men's sabots. Sabots are shoes that are hollowed out from a single block of wood. They were worn by farmers and workers in the Netherlands, France and Belgium. The pair in this collection is from Belgium.