Tovah Feldshuh’s name came up in Cafe Society. I have this ‘thing’ about translating names. For example, ‘Messerschmidt’ in English would be ‘Cutler’. So when I saw ‘Feldshuh’, I immediately thought ‘field shoe’.
Given that the surname is probably older than Addidas and Puma and Nike, I’m guessing a field shoe is a shoe worn in the fields. But farmers would probably wear boots, right? And if people had proper shoes, they wouldn’t be out in the fields with them? Were field shoes a type of footwear that were not boots? Perhaps shoes with hobnails? Or were they something the gentry would wear on a hunt? (I always picture tall boots for that, too.)
So what’s a ‘field shoe’? How did ‘Field Shoe’ become a surname?