Hedeby Viking Shoe
The Hedeby Viking shoe is named for the Viking city of Hedeby located in northern Germany, once Denmark where it was found. The Hedeby shoe dates from 8th through 12th centuries, and is representative of many similar types of shoes dating from 900 to 1460. The later the period, the lower the social class of the wearer. The Viking Hedeby shoe or boot is the perfect Viking / Dark Ages / Migration period shoe.
Although the original is a turn shoe, this version has a McKay stitched leather sole and is identical in outward appearance to the tunnel stitch turn shoe. The pattern of the shoe is almost exact, with a few minor changes for modern comfort. Each of these shoes is made of 3 to 4 oz top grain cow hide leather. One seem is over stitched, and the top edge is hand whip stitched with linen thread.
The Hedeby Viking shoe is derived from the "Stepping through Time, Archaeological Footwear from Prehistoric Times until 1800" and is classified as a Thong Fastening (type 10).
The Hedeby Viking shoe is perfect for Viking living history, historical reenactments groups, Hastings, and the SCA.
Available for men and women, the Hedeby shoe is available in brown. Colors of brown can vary, depending on leather availability. Shoes may be any color from tan to dark brown.