Goes Type Bear Shoes

The so-called bear shoe (or Bärenschuh in German) is, in the words of Olaf Goubitz, an "extra-broad variant of the cowmouth shoe". It is characterized by the front broadening in a fan-shaped manner with more or less distinct tips or corners at the side. As all the cowmouth types there is no distinction between left or right. There may be slashing, punching and/or piping as decoration. These shoes fall into the first half of the 16th century.
The Goes find has all 3 types of decoration and has a one piece upper, but further details haven't been published as far as I could find out.


  • Goubitz/Van Driel-Murray/Groenman-van Wateringe: Stepping Through Time. Archeological Footwear from Prehistoric Times until 1800, Zwolle 2001.