Children’s shoes in fish skin

The children’s shoes in the picture were owned by a little girl in Alsvåg during the second world war. Little Gunhild Holm was probably not two years old yet when she got shoes made of fish skin, or what was called “sea leather” when she grew out of her old shoes, and there was a shortage of materials to make shoes. The fish skin shoes are one of many examples of replacement goods that were produced and put into use during World War II.

The shoes were produced at Melbu. The soles are made of some sort of artificial leather. Inside, the shoes are lined with paper bristles. The soles are mounted with small nails. The children’s shoes are approx. size 27.


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