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Who is worse shod than shoemaker’s wife?

The shoemaker is so anxious to make every penny he can out of his trade that he even denies his wife a new pair of shoes. Some other husbands tend to be equally selfish. As the other proverb says: The shoemaker’s children go barefoot.

But who is wurs shod, than the shoemakers wyfe, With shops full of newe shapen shoes all hir lyfe?
[1546 J. Heywood Dialogue of Proverbs i. xi. E1V]

The Shoe-maker’s wife often goes in ragged shoes. ‥ Although there had been a [Methodist] Society begun here by Mr. Whitfield, yet‥the people of Gloucester are not much the better for having had so great a Prophet born amongst them.
[1773 R. Graves Spiritual Quixote I. iii. ii.]