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Medieval sandals

Medieval bund shoes are lightweight summer sandals that typically feature a flat heel and thin sole. Their decorative lacing extends around the foot, ankle or calf, hugging your feet in a comfortable way. Lightweight sandals can be open or closed in the front, and usually feature a heel counter in the back to provide support for your foot. The open shoe shape offers you a comfortable sole and can be worn comfortably even on warm summer days.

Walk on medieval paths with summery medieval sandals

If you like to visit medieval markets and participate in LARPs, you will certainly appreciate high-quality footwear. Medieval bund shoes not only offer you a comfortable sole on which to explore medieval alleys and bustling markets, but also an authentic appearance that rounds out your medieval attire.

Besides the medieval version without a direct rubber sole, practical, plain and comfortable rubber soles are still recommended if your paths often lead you over modern gravel and asphalt roads.

Leonardo Carbone medieval shoes are of excellent quality and offer you a versatile choice, so you can always find the right footwear to match your medieval garb.

Waistband shoes made of high quality leather

Leonardo Carbone medieval shoes are always of excellent quality and made of genuine leather, including nubuck, smooth leather and suede. You can get your fret shoes with a practical rubber sole.

In the past, suede was often found under the name as suede, which came mainly from deer and roe deer. On the lowest layer of the skin, the leather was sanded so that, depending on the processing, a very fine or a coarser structure was created. This was used on the visible side of the shoe, appeared velvety and offered a pleasant feel. In today's shoe manufacturing, mainly the leather of cattle is used, so that Roman sandals by Leonardo Carbone are also made of cowhide, among other materials.

History of Medieval Bound Shoes

In the Middle Ages, shoes and boots were essential for protecting the feet from the harsh conditions of the time. They were mostly handmade and manufactured to meet the individual needs and requirements of the wearers. In society, shoes and boots played an important role as they were a sign of a person's social status and wealth.

Over time, various types of shoes were developed that were worn in different epochs. In the early Middle Ages, simple leather shoes with plenty of toe room and low heels were worn. This type of shoe allowed common people to move quickly on uneven terrain. In the tenth century, higher, more robust boots with strong and hard soles were developed for the nobility and the military.

In the late Middle Ages, shoes then became more elaborate in their production, adorned with complex cut pieces and embroidery to have a higher status. It was during this time that the first typical medieval bound shoes emerged, which have a rear or lateral lacing.

With industrialization and the development of modern technologies, shoe manufacturing became much easier and more efficient. New materials like rubber and synthetic fabrics were introduced and improved the functionality of shoes. Nowadays, there is a variety of medieval bound shoes made of high-quality leather or nubuck leather with a robust rubber sole for more comfort and durability.

Despite the developments in shoe manufacturing, medieval bound shoes have retained their timeless charm to this day. Most models share certain characteristics such as high-quality leather, the turned-sewn construction, and the comfortable sole. However, there are also differences, such as the color and type of lacing. Although primarily intended for medieval events and reconstructions, they can also be worn as stylish everyday shoes.

Types of Medieval Bound Shoes

In our range, we offer various types of medieval bound shoes that can be traced back to different epochs and styles. Whether you are looking for an authentic look for your reenactment or a stylish addition to your wardrobe, we have the right shoes for you.

Some of our models have rear or lateral lacing, which provides a perfect fit and comfortable wear. These lacing types were especially popular during the late Middle Ages and were worn by noble merchants and travelers.

Our medieval bound shoes with rear lacing are ideal for reenactments or historical events, as they correspond to the authentic look of the time.

Our bound shoes are available in various sizes, styles, and colors, including brown bound shoes, black beaked shoes, and suede bound shoes. Each pair is made from a single piece of leather and is of the highest quality to preserve the charm of medieval art and craftsmanship.

Materials for the Manufacture of Medieval Bound Shoes

Medieval bound shoes are the perfect accessory for historical events and reenactments. They are not only an authentic piece of medieval clothing but also a comfortable and durable shoe.


Medieval bound shoes are made from various types of leather, depending on the desired appearance and properties. The most common leather used for medieval bound shoes is high-quality nubuck leather. This unsmoothed leather is made from the top layer of the animal's skin, giving it a soft, velvety surface. Nubuck leather is robust and durable, making it a popular choice for medieval bound shoes. It is water-repellent and breathable, providing comfort to the feet even when worn for extended periods.

Alternatively, suede can also be used. It is made from the underside of the leather and has a soft, velvety texture. Suede is also water-repellent and breathable, but it is not as robust as nubuck leather and tends to wear out faster.

Other types of leather that can be used for medieval bound shoes include full-grain leather and buffalo leather. Full-grain leather is robust and durable, but it is less breathable than nubuck or suede. Buffalo leather is very thick and robust, but it can be stiff and requires more time to break in.

Sturdy Rubber Sole

A sturdy rubber sole is an important component in the manufacture of medieval bound shoes. This sole not only provides a non-slip grip on uneven terrain but also offers high durability and improved comfort for the wearer of the shoe.

The use of a robust rubber sole in medieval bound shoes helps to make the shoe more resistant to wear and tear. This is especially important for people who wear their shoes often or must walk or work in demanding environments. A sturdy rubber sole also provides an additional protective layer against scratches, stones, and sharp objects. In addition, the rubber sole can absorb shocks and reduce foot fatigue.

There are various types of rubber soles that can be used for the manufacture of medieval bound shoes. Some of these sole types are:
1. Full rubber soles: This type of sole offers the highest durability and is ideal for demanding activities. The sole is made of full rubber, often supplemented with other materials like Kevlar or carbon fiber to provide additional robustness.
2. Profiled soles: These soles have a textured surface that provides additional traction on uneven ground. They are ideal for mountaineers, hiking shoes, and other outdoor enthusiasts.
3. EVA soles: EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) is a lightweight but robust material used in shoe manufacturing. This type of sole is extremely flexible and cushions the impact when walking or running.
4. Rubber/Alu profile soles: This type of sole consists of a combination of rubber and aluminum. This provides additional stability and durability in challenging environments.

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