VIKING & MEDIEVAL SHOES
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You don't have to stroll through a bustling medieval market or Viking festival to see: Medieval and Viking fashion is "in". And what about footwear? That is as varied and diverse as the clothing or the different social classes in the Middle Ages. And thanks to the simple fit, the large buckles and leather laces, they are also wonderfully suitable for modern life, so without a medieval market.
Even in the early Middle Ages, sturdy footwear was worn. For example, near the famous Viking settlement of Haithabu in Schleswig-Holstein, archaeologists found a bog body from the fourth century A.D. that was wearing leather breeches. In general, sturdy footwear was emphasized during the Viking Age. The sturdy shoes and boots were made of goatskin and had thick wooden soles. Since Vikings were usually in harsh northern latitudes, the boots were also sometimes higher. The Bundschuh, which was so popular in ancient times, gave way to the closed gag shoe towards the end of the migration of peoples in the sixth century.
In the High Middle Ages (11th-13th century) it suddenly became quite diverse. The knights brought back beaked shoes from their crusades. At first, the soles were simply made of leather. But in order to protect the feet from the cold and the expensive shoes from dirt, the platform sole slowly developed. Thick wooden strips (Trippen) were covered with leather and fastened under the beak shoes. In the later Middle Ages, chunky shoes with such rustic names as bear paws and cow-mouth shoes came into fashion.
The leather was conspicuously thin, since shoes in the Middle Ages were "turn-sewn", i.e. the shoes were first sewn together on the left side and then turned right side out - about the same as a sweater! Of course, the leather was not allowed to be too thick, so that could be turned without Problems.
Medieval shoes are unisex!
Gender-specific shoes did not exist in the Middle Ages - what was worn was what pleased and was practical. Thus, the strappy shoes worn today rather by women were in the Middle Ages preferably worn by men, because they did not interfere with the tight pants fashion of the time. At the same time, women wore clunky low shoes and half boots.
Whether early, high or late Middle Ages, the shoes and boots have one thing in common: leather, leather, leather.
Viking boots or medieval shoes
All our shoes are made of genuine leather. We use nubuck leather, smooth leather and suede. Choose between rubber sole or leather sole for your Viking boot. In the past, suede was also often called suede. It was often used to make shoes leather from deer or deer. Suede is sanded on the lower layer of the hide (flesh side). This creates a fine or even slightly coarser texture of the leather, which is used as the visible side for shoes. Suede looks velvety and is particularly comfortable to wear. Today, mainly the leather of cattle is used, which is particularly stable. Our Viking boots and medieval shoes are made of cowhide.