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Category: Female Clothing > medieval shoes

Viking boots for women

Viking boots for women

Century: V-IX, X, XI, XII
Viking boots for women. Medieval Market, Tips of these viking shoes are pointed

Viking boots for women - Medieval Market, around the ankles are threaded through leather tabs - straps
Viking boots for women - Medieval Market, The natural leather from which the shoes are made is pleasant to wear
Viking boots for women - Medieval Market, The appearance of women\'s leather ankle boots is characteristic of the early Middle Ages.
Viking boots for women - Medieval Market, leather shoes below the ankle
Viking boots for women - Medieval Market, made in natural colors

CODE Material Standard Price
KSS1555LeatherMixed 110.00 EUR
KSS1556LeatherMixed 130.00 EUR

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Early medieval patterns have been bothering us for a long time. Typical viking costumes or stylized for this period will prove themselves during themed events as well as LARP or SCA.

While designing another pair of women's shoes, we were guided by both historical sources and the feelings of users. With this in mind, leather ankle boots made of vegetable-tanned cowhide were created.

The toes of Women's Viking Boots are slightly pointed. The design of the shoes means that they are stitched at the front, which resembles boots typical of the early Middle Ages. In addition, around the ankles there are leather insets - straps, tied at the back or around the ankle (depending on your preferences).

Natural leather from which the shoes are made is pleasant to wear. It adapts to the foot and leather can be easily stretched when needed.

Viking boots are available in sizes from 35 to 41 and in four colors (red, black, brown, natural).
Shoe size 35 36 37 38 39 40 41
Foot length (cm) 22,5 cm 23 cm 23,5 cm 24 cm 25 cm 25,5 cm 26,4 cm

They are finished and dyed by hand, therefore the colors of the ordered pairs may differ slightly from those shown in the pictures.

Early medieval women's shoes are available in the following options:
- KSS1555 - leather shoes with rubber sole
- KSS1556 - leather shoes with leather sole

Historical examples of Viking boots for women

The appearance of Women's Leather Ankle Boots is characteristic of the early Middle Ages. They resemble finds from the 9th century in Wolin and in Mecklenburg from the same century. Similar patterns were also found in Western and Northern Europe.

Shoes in the Middle Ages

Nowadays we perceive footwear as an essential part of everyday clothing. It had similar role even hundreds years ago. A shoe protects foot against overload but also against water, cold and injuries. It also provides proper traction.

Shoes were always made of 2 parts: a sole and upper. These were produced mostly of grain leather sewn together with hempen thread. Later, historical shoes became a representative symbol which indicated the wearers’ wealth and social status. The richer a person was, the more decorative their shoe was

Today we know that foot protection was popular even in prehistory. In 1991 a pair of tourists during their trek in the Alps, near tztal in Southern Tyrol, found frozen corpse of a man from around 3300 BC. tzi, as that is how the man was named, was wearing shoes from deer skin and bear sole. He had straw of grass inside the shoes. Such construction protected his feet again injuries and moisture and ensured comfort and hygiene. In the ancient times people worn usually sandals from papyrus, sometimes from leather. Romans worn leather shoes similar to sandals with full sole, often with studs. These were called caligae.

Footwear fashion evolved in the Middle Ages. Medieval shoes were produced from cattle, sheep or goat leather. They were sewn on shoemaker's lasts. The sole was mounted with nails, then other elements were sewn together. In the 12th century a shape of shoe known today came to existence. Distinctive medieval shoes with lengthened tip can be found on miniatures from 12th century onwards.

There were many ways of decorating medieval shoes. Leather was often hemmed and decorated with additional outer elements. Usually medieval footwear was cut out, punctured, stamped, embossed, embroidered, or simply additional fancy elements like pearls were sewn onto it.

Another interesting fact is connected with colour of shoes contrasting with hose. Of course, the more fancy a shoe, the wealthier his owner was. In the medieval times people believed that the less decorative shoe was, the more god-fearing and well-behaved his owner was.

In the 15th century, shoes with pointy toes gained great popularity. These were called poulaine or crakoves. Their special shape made it a bit difficult to walk in them. It was the most significant change in the European shoe shape. The people of commune wore medieval footwear with much shorter toes. Typical poulaine were accompanied by other decorations, also to underline the original outfit. However, as soon as such footwear started to be perceived as reprehensible, wearing it became forbidden.

There is a theory saying that both of these special names can be associated with Poland. In France, it was called a la Poulaine (from Poland), and in England - crakoves (from Cracow). However, scientists till this day are not sure about the correctness of this theory.

Each medieval person knew overshoes – rigid, wooden soles with heels worn under leather shoes. These protected the footwear against mud, rain or snow. Usually it was made from one piece of wood matching the size and shape of shoe and feet. They had numerous decorations like rosettes on sides or on soles. The richness of ornaments depended mostly on the wealth of owner.

Great part in discovering the history of medieval shoes was played by Gdansk city, where numerous historical footwear were found. Both male and female examples are decorated with various adornments and embroideries which gave them unusual look. Historical notations confirm that there were 3 models of footgear: for wintertime with short upper part, traditional with revealed ankles, and shoes with a deep cut-out instep and with long tips. The craftsmen of that time found inspiration in trends from France and England. As long as the middle of 19th century, footgear was made by hand.

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