‘While doing this or trying to recover the car parts, the owner of the shoe fell or stepped beside the path and the shoe got stuck in the sticky mud.’
Researchers involved in the excavations believe that the acidic conditions of the bog where the shoe was found allow for the preservation of materials and even human bodies.
Lower Saxony’s Minister for Science and Culture, Björn Thümler said in the statement: ‘The best known are the bog corpses, but also wooden idols, long wooden paths and numerous other remnants of life at that time are part of it.’
‘A shoe that is lost and found again after 2,000 years, the oldest shoe from Lower Saxony to date, is an immensely personal testimony to a previous life.
‘You can hardly get any more poetic to the people of that time. It is one of those testimonies that make time tangible as if under a magnifying glass.’
The lone shoe looks like a type of sandal, with a closed toe and leather strap connected one side to the other.
As for the road itself, it is believed to have been built during the late Bronze Age.
‘Prehistoric plank paths are a unique testimony to the mobility of earlier times,’ Lower Saxony’s Minister for Science and Culture shared in a statement.
‘They show us the value people attached to the existence of secure communication routes thousands of years ago.’
The leather shoe may be the oldest in Germany, but the oldest in the world to be discovered dates back about 5,500 years.
The size 4 shoe – discovered buried in a cave in Armenia – is so well preserved that its laces are still intact, according to Science Daily.
It was created from a piece of cowhide 1,000 years before the Great Pyramid of Giza and was stitched together with leather thread.