Medieval Shoes for Men and Women
Medieval shoes and boots are an important and essential part of medieval costume. Whether you are a Viking, a market woman or a stray, without the right footwear you will not only get cold and wet feet, you will also walk badly in the long run. Shoes or even trainers and bags from the shops are not very authentic for a medieval or fantasy character, and certainly not for LARP.
With such modern shoes, as with modern clothes, there is no basis for slipping into another role or even developing the feeling of walking on medieval paths. If you want to visit medieval markets or LARP conventions and feel transported to another time, it is worth choosing medieval shoes that suit you and your role. They don't have to be historically accurate, such as reversible shoes or Viking boots.
But you should at least choose shoes that, despite their modern soles, give the impression that they come from the Middle Ages. Dress up in a medieval outfit or robe and step back in time. We have the right footwear for every imaginable medieval setting. Whether you're looking for reversible shoes for the most authentic portrayal or medieval leather boots, we can help. Or perhaps you'd rather wear the more practical version of medieval shoes with comfortable leather uppers and rubber soles for walking on modern ground: At LARP-Fashion.co.uk you are sure to find what you are looking for.
Medieval shoes & medieval boots for LARP and medieval markets
Anyone who travels to medieval markets or LARP conventions knows that there is no substitute for good, comfortable footwear. Whether you choose leather-soled medieval shoes or turnstitched medieval boots, they will carry you wherever you go. Through the bustling lanes of medieval markets, out dancing with your friends, or on your adventures through meadows and forests.
But if your path is more likely to take you along modern gravel and tarmac roads, medieval shoes with modern rubber soles may be a more practical alternative. Our shoes are available with different soles to suit your ideas and plans. That is why you will find several types of medieval footwear in our shop:
- Viking shoes
- Viking boots
- Medieval shoes
- Boots for nobles
- Reversible shoes
Some of them are made after historical models based on original finds, for example from Haithabu. Others are based on folk groups such as Vikings, Celts or pirates. However, they allow for free interpretation and therefore a wide range of uses for your medieval footwear and clothing.
Buy medieval shoes and medieval boots online at LARP-Fashion.co.uk
Discover our selected range of medieval shoes for men and women in various shoe sizes. Complete your costume and clothing with jewellery and accessories. Authentic for a reenactment or more practical for medieval markets or LARP, our shoes and boots will carry you wherever you go.
They will keep your feet warm, clean and dry. Experience colourful medieval markets with jugglers, rousing music and a variety of goods for as long as you and your children want.
Authentic shoes, but more comfortable than in the Middle Ages
The medieval shoes and boots in our shop are comfortable and look just like the originals: In our online shop you will find sturdy medieval shoes made from a variety of materials. These include natural leather and polyurethane. Take a look at our range of medieval footwear for men and women and choose from a variety of styles to match your outfit. From simple medieval sandals for monks and penitents to sturdy genuine leather shoes and medieval gaiters: Complete and perfect your outfit to your own liking - and immerse yourself in another world.
Viking shoes and boots
Footwear of the time was not divided by gender, but by purpose. Vikings who went on raids needed different shoes from those who stayed at home tending cattle. And whether Viking or Goth, Celt or Lombard, in the early Middle Ages, shoes and boots were shaped more by the skills and materials available than by tribal affiliation.
It is possible, of course, that the boot at the court of an English prince was already fastened with buckles, while the Vikings on the ship were still wearing tied or laced boots. But within a few years, the new material or technique had been adopted and quickly caught on.
Shoemaking developed late as a craft
Shoes had to be strong and, if possible, protect against the cold and rain. Leather was therefore the material of choice. The Vikings often used goatskin, as can be seen in some finds from Haithabu, while other tribes preferred leather from cattle or game. In any case, sturdy shoes or boots were a highly prized commodity in the Middle Ages. The leather was valuable and the production costly. Children, maids, servants and farmhands wore clogs when they were not barefoot. Shoes, and even more so boots, were reserved for gentlemen or warriors, whether Viking, Saxon or English. Viking clogs or shoes were certainly not comfortable. The soles were usually made of wood. The technique of making heavy leather soles came later with the shoemakers. The leather also had to be relatively thin at first, because for many years in the Middle Ages shoes or boots were turned after sewing. This made it harder for water and cold to penetrate.
Items in our mail order shop
Do you have any questions about our range of medieval shoes and bags, are you looking for medieval boots or are you missing a particular shoe size in our mail order shop?
Our contact form will give you all the information you need to get in touch with us. Give us a call or send us an email, we're sure we can help!