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From hand +‎ shoe, likely as a calque of Dutch handschoen (glove, mitten) or German Handschuh (glove).


handshoe (plural handshoes or handshoon)

  1. A glove or mitten.
    • 1801, John Locke, Works - Volume 9 - Page 9:
      I doubt not, but if a man from his cradle had been always used to go bare-foot, whilst his hands were constantly wrapped up in warm mittins, and covered with handshoes, as the dutch call gloves; [...]
    • 1891, H. Warren Clifford, Every-day occupations - Page 121:
      In this country the skins of deer, hogs, and sheep are often made into "handshoes," as FROM FOREIGN LANDS.
    • 1894, Great Thoughts from Master Minds - Volume 3 - Page 47:
      A glove with them is a "handshoe," showing they wore shoes before gloves.
    • 1969, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Arts in Virginia - Volume 10:
      Pieter Waldron's gauntleted hand (6), which clasps the other handshoon[sic] by its fingers, is echoed in W/7//'am Brodnax's similar clutch.
    • 2005, Harvey Mackay, Fired Up!:
      There was a guy propelling himself with padded “handshoes” bound to his wrists with leather straps.