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Bróg / Shoe

The Irish are well recorded as going around barefooted. This was not due to poverty as some have suggested, but a cultural thing. That is not to say that shoes were not worn. Shoes appear in written records, various depictions in stone and in manuscripts and some bog finds.

The Gaelic word Bróg (plural Bróga), from which we get the modern word brogue/brogues is very old and refered to any type of footwear but in later times referd to a one piece shoe which was wrapped around the foot and gathered around the toes with a leather thong.

Sandels and boots were also worn although much rarer.

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