Slavic & Eastern Viking Shoe
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.
The Slavic Eastern Viking Shoe is perfect for even the strictest of reenactment groups. The show features extensive pinking or punched decorative holes that will stand out best when wearing stockings.
Extant examples that are very close in design are the Vlaardingen, Holland (Het Waaigat site, 1991) low cut shoe with decorated edge from the 9th – 10th century and a parallel shoe from Gdansk, Poland (Wiklak 1960), classified as a one-piece upper with thong fastening. The sole raises up at the heel forming a triangle characteristic of the Viking Age.
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 appears in the population equally for men and women. It appears in what are considered trade towns heavily visited or occupied by Vikings.
Available for men and women, the Slavic & Eastern Viking Shoe is available in brown. Colors of brown can vary depending on leather availability and may be any color from tan to dark brown.
Optional lugged, anti-slip, or crepe soles can be affixed to the Slavic & Eastern Viking Shoe.