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- Long ago people never wore boots until
they were twelve or fourteen years.
Humphrey Moynihan a travelling man
never wore boots or shoes. Children at
present go bare foot during the Summer
months. There are five shoemakers
in Newmarket and they make boots and
repair them. It is not a tradition in
those men's ancestors. Clogs were worn
in former times and made locally.
There were men in olden times if they got
the uppers of old boots would put
wooden soles on them. In olden
times people were very careful of
their shoes, and at that time they
travelled on foot. When they were
going on a journey they
carried their shoes on their shoulder
until they came within a half a
mile of that place. Then they sat down
and put on their shoes.
Long ago the men wore strong nailed
boots and the women wore light shoes.
At each side of these shoes there
was elastic and this would expand
and this would enable the foot to(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.