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Medieval shoes with three straps are a great choice for any reenactor. Our medieval boots provide high comfort of wearing which will be appreciated by any fan of historical events.Medieval leather bootsof this type have three straps on each shoe. They are made of two layers of 2mm thick leather altogether. Depending on the chosen color, leather is plant-tanned or chromed.
Leather upper reaches over the ankle. These medieval shoes are closed with three leather straps and three brass buckles. This makes them easy to fit to the upper part of your feet.
This model of medieval footwear is machine-sewn. The sole is manually glued to the upper.
We recommend a pair of these medieval leather boots to any reenactor looking for the comfort of use.
Our medieval leather boots are available in two options:
- MSE1313 - leather shoes with rubber sole
- MoS1446 - leather shoes with leather sole
When you choose the option with rubber sole, this model of medieval footwear is available in 4 colors:
- brown - with sole in brown color;
- black - with sole in black color;
- red - with sole in black color;
- natural - with sole in natural color.
Please choose a size of your medieval leather boots from the chart below. To choose the correct size, please measure the length of the foot and length of the insole in your shoes.
Foot size (cm)
Medieval leather boots with 3 straps - most important features:
- medieval footwear made of natural leather
- available in a wide range of colors
- adjustable width thanks to three leather straps
- universal medieval leather boots for every reenactor - a townsman, a courtier or a merchant
- he height of the upper part helps stabilizing the ankle joint.
Medieval footwear and its origin
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, medieval footwear 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 Ötztal in Southern Tyrol, found frozen corpse of a man from around 3300 BC. Ötzi, 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. Medieval footwear fashion evolved in the Middle Ages. Medieval leather boots 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 footwear with lengthened tip can be found on miniatures from 12th century onwards.
There were many ways of decorating medieval leather boots. 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, medieval leather boots 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 footwear 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.