Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage

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Appropriate footwear was of utmost importance to every pilgrim. Medieval guidebooks and popular songs advised the pilgrim to take comfortable and durable shoes -- ideally two pairs -- with him. (See also Music and Pilgrimage). The texts give no precise information on form and material of the footwear, which depended on various premises, such as the itinerary and destination of the pilgrimage, the season, the mode of travel, the social background and the financial means of the pilgrim, his or her personal tastes, and prevailing fashion.

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Anja Grebe, “Sandals”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 17 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00341>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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