Fashion from the Middle Ages: shoes over the centuries
At the beginning of the Middle Ages, shoemakers oriented themselves on a foot garment, which up to today is wrongly known as "typically medieval": the “bound shoe”. This antique shoe form is a piece of leather that was wrapped around the foot and laced up at its tip. At the beginning of the 12th Century, fashionable aspects were increasingly introduced into the shoe production: the more diversely designed shafts were supplemented with closure techniques such as laces, buttons or straps. In the 13th Century, the first boots of sturdier leather were developed from these models. A further alteration was made in the late and high Middle Ages: shoes were henceforth round at the tip. From the 14th Century, European shoe fashion came under oriental influence. The shape and length of the poulaine, well known from this era, indicated the social rank of the wearer. To protect against dirt and premature wear, wooden soles (so-called pattens) were in addition fastened onto the bottom of the actual shoe.
Medieval shoes from LARP-Fashion.co.uk
The shoes in our shop do not have wooden soles but are in no way inferior to the originals from earlier times: In our assortment there are just the right medieval shoes for men and women in different styles, like the scoundrel boots
. From authentic Roman sandals and sturdy suede shoes to over-knee boots, each costume can correspondingly be perfected. We have in stock various designs of the typically medieval poulaines with the upwardly shaped tip: as a boot with a high shaft, that can be tied at the back, as a poulaine with only a half shaft and as a shoe with low shaft that can be tied on both sides. Most shoes in our assortment are made of real leather; on request, we even offer custom-made products for our boots in shoe sizes 49, 50, 51 and 52.