Shoe upper

Shoe upper

Shoe upper
Mazartagh, China
400-1000 AD
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.627 (M.Tagh.a.0044)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Only the upper of this ankle shoe has survived since it was last used more than 1000 years ago. It is made of felted wool stitched into a design of overlapping scales. It is likely that the missing sole was also made of wool felt but covered with leather at least at the heel and toes to make the sole more durable for wear and tear. A similar ankle shoe, but complete, is in the British Museum.