Of boots and broken stuff...
"Three barleycorns comprising 1 inch was the legal definition of the inch in many mediæval laws, both of England and Wales, from the 10th century Laws of Hywel Dda to the 1324 definition of the inch enacted by Edward II. Used in current UK shoe measurement."*
Used in current UK shoe measurement? Did I just read that? Apparently the English are currently using a unit of measure from 1066 to size shoes.
Currently, as in Today. Right now. Exactly at this second, there's some UK bastard out there lining up his fucking barleycorns.