These metal protective coverings were designed for the foot of a Knight. In the 14th/15th Centuries, Sabaton's were normally tapered to a point (reflecting the style of Medieval footwear). More rounded Sabaton's were seen in the 15th/16th Centuries. Designed in segmented (or riveted) portions, they were layered over the foot to provide a more realistic range of motion to the actual foot. Often made somewhat wider than normal to account for some comfort of wear. Sabaton's were actually more for riding than walking. When a Knight was mounted (and fully armored), the feet were a natural attack point. Ground troops would concentrate on injuring the riders horse or his feet (when dangling). The Sabaton solved this problem effectively. Unfortunately, mud and water made the Sabaton difficult to walk in and could hinder movement.