History’s Most Terrifying Ways of Punishing People

The Boots

6. The Boots

This torture device was commonly used during interrogations and there are two different types of boots: the Spanish boot and the Malay boot.

The Spanish boot was made of iron to fit the foot and leg of the victim, the iron was then compounded with wood or another layer of iron by hammering them together.

A variation of the device was the shin crusher that had spikes that were crushed into the calves of the victim. The Malay Boots were primarily made of wood or metal, the victim’s foot would be placed in a boot-shaped structure then cranked to enclose their foot in tightly.

Eventually, the pressure exerted by cranking would crush the bones in the foot of the victim.

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