First Shoes (Material Memory)

Year: 1962

Origin: Nelson, Lancashire

Donated By: Janet Pritchard

Janet’s first pair of shoes, from 1962, marked her early steps as she¬† learned to walk during that summer. They were bought at Holts Shoes in Nelson, Lancashire, renowned for their expert care in measuring children’s feet. Janet has fond memories of Holts, particularly the large rocking horse in the children’s section. These shoes, likely costing no more than a pound or a few shillings, represent a precious and nostalgic connection to her early years.

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