The poor lady who left this footprint in the Formby mud some 5000 years or so ago suffered from large bunion on the outside of her right foot, probably caused by years of sitting bare foot and cross-legged on the hard ground, at her work. If she had worn shoes, she would have taken around a size 3.
Hers were just one of the hundreds of footprints – men, women, red deer, roe deer, aurochs, crane and oyster-catcher – which we were lucky enough to see on a superb day out on 25 June 2016, accompanied by Dr Alison Burns of Manchester University – seen here briefing us before we set out.
The men whose footprints we saw were all six-footers – and would have worn at least a size ten, if they had ever worn shoes
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