“The Iron Boot” was a torture device which strapped an iron boot-like device around a victim’s foot and/or leg. Made from wood or iron, it contained spikes or wedges on the inside. After placing the boot on the victim’s leg, the torturer would tighten the boot, slowly pushing the spikes deeper. The process continued until the victim confessed of their crime or passed out.
Before the iron version came along, a wooden mold was crafted to fit around both of the victim’s legs. After equipping the wooden boot, the torturer would hammer wooden wedges between the legs causing extreme pressure.