Cut and stitched leather
Length 25 cm x width 13 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.71 (L.A.VI.ii.0030.a)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
This is a complete shoe of buff leather for the right foot, albeit a bit squashed through time. The upper has been made in two pieces, one forming the vamp and the other the quarters. There are marks along the opening of the shoe where probably some binding or decoration was once fastened. The sole is of single thickness and today broken. The shoe was excavated from a refuse heap outside a dwelling within the Loulan station. The dwelling had been relatively large containing several rooms. Stein believed, due to its size and several administrative documents in Kharosthi, that the owner had been a non-Chinese official belonging to the indigenous administration of the territory.