MEDIEVAL BEAK SHOES
Beak shoes enjoyed great popularity in the 14th century and were also indispensable in the middle of the 15th century. At Leonardo Carbone, you'll find a versatile selection of beaked shoes to complete your medieval garb.
Beak shoes: fashion in the 15th century
In the 14th century, beaked shoes enjoyed great popularity and proved to be a popular fashion. While they were already out of fashion by 1400, they experienced a great demand again in the middle of the 15th century. The shoes were even so popular that special dress codes were issued. This was the only way to regulate the use of medieval shoes and the excesses associated with them.
In 1463, a decree dictated to nobles, knights and squires that the toe of their shoes could be no more than two inches long. In 1465, this decree underwent a tightening, prohibiting cobblers and shoemakers from making shoes with a toe longer than two inches.
The length of the shoe toe was even regulated in the dress code, as beaked shoes enjoyed great popularity not only among nobles, but among all classes. The length of the permitted shoe toe was thus based on the social standing of the wearer.
In addition to the designation as a beaked shoe, the name "Poulaines", which roughly means ship's beak, has also survived to this day. In the first half of the 15th century, beak shoes were also supplemented by a special lower shoe, which presented itself in the manner of a thick wooden sole with strap fastening and supported the design of the long-pointed beak shoes.
Leonardo Carbone: buy high quality beaked shoes online
At Leonardo Carbone, you can expect a versatile selection of high-quality beak shoes that are convenient to buy online. A fair price and excellent quality go hand in hand and result from the mission to offer sustainable medieval garb.
For many years now, the team at Leonardo Carbone has been designing its own collections aimed at the worldwide medieval and LARP community. As an internationally operating retail and wholesale company, Leonardo Carbone therefore enriches the textile sector and has a versatile selection of historical clothing ready. In addition to high-quality beak shoes, this ranges to leather goods as well as accessories that complete the medieval garb.