People Walked a Little Differently During Medieval Times: A Quick Primer

Roland Warzecha runs a Youtube chan­nel where he delves into the world of medieval weapons and com­bat. If you want to learn some­thing about Viking shields and swords, medieval spears and com­bat tech­niques, spend some time there.

Above, Roland departs from his reg­u­lar­ly sched­uled pro­gram­ming and explores anoth­er facet of medieval life. Walk­ing. That’s right, walk­ing. It turns out that, as Boing Boing sum­ma­rizes it, “before struc­tured shoes became preva­lent in the 16th cen­tu­ry … peo­ple walked with a dif­fer­ent gait, push­ing onto the balls of our feet instead of rock­ing for­ward on our heels.” And that’s your les­son on medieval body mechan­ics for today…

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