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Slavic & Eastern Viking Shoe

$ 75.00

Slavic Eastern Viking Shoes from the 8th to 11th Century features extensive pinking or punched decorative holes that will stand out best when wearing colored stockings.  A historically accurate shoe for use in medieval Viking, reenactment, SCA, LARP, or cosplay. 

Product Details:

  • Available in BROWN only (shades may vary).
  • Visible stitching is historically accurate.
  • 1 Long leather lace per shoe.
  • Upper made of alum tanned leather.
  • Sole is a vegetable tanned leather.
  • Comes in a range of sizes from lady’s 4 – men’s 15.
  • Full Sizes only, Women should round down, Men round up for 1/2 size.
  • McKay stitched sole to replicate historical seam. (No Nails)

 Add Ons: Shoe is slippery on slick surfaces.

Returns and Exchanges: You may return your Slavic Eastern Viking Shoes for absolutely any reason within 30 days of receipt for your choice of an exchange for different size or style, store credit or refund. See my Returns and Exchanges Policy.

Care Instructions: Click Here to view care instructions for the Slavic Eastern Viking Shoes.

Historical Accuracy: Extant examples of the Slavic Eastern Viking Shoes that are very close in design and similar to it are the Vlaardingen, Holland (Het Waaigat site, 1991) low cut shoe with a decorated edge from the 9th – 10th century and shoe from Gdansk, Poland (Wiklak 1960). Classified as a one-piece upper with thong fastening.  

Other similar one-piece upper shoes with thong fastening are dated to the 11th century in York and Piccadilly, England with distribution across Northern Europe to Poland and appear in the population of examples skews heavy toward women but were worn by men and women.  It appears in what are considered trade towns heavily visited or occupied by Vikings.  All shoes dating from 8th Century to 11 Century,

Construction: The Slavic Eastern Viking Shoe is a turn shoe, constructed and sewn by hand.  Linen thread is used for the edge-to-edge seam to connect the ends of the single-piece upper shoe together and uses the edge-to-flesh seem to attach the shoe to the hard vegetable tanned sole.  The sole is attached using a McKay stitch to very closely resemble the Coppergate Turn Shoe stitch found in almost half of all turn shoes that shows a bit of sole edge.

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