Haithabu Viking Shoe
The Haithabu Viking Shoe is named for the Viking trading town of Hedeby located in northern Germany, once Denmark. 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 generic Viking / Dark Ages shoe.
The Haithabu Viking Shoe is a turn shoe. Constructed and sewn by hand. Linen thread is used for the edge to edge seem to connect the leather of the multiple piece upper shoe together and uses the edge / flesh seem to attach the shoe to the hard vegetable tanned sole. The shoe is constructed inside out and turned right side out as the last step. The final version may have a binding seam around the upper opening. The Haithabu Viking Shoe is perfect for even the strictest of reenactment groups.
The Haithabu Viking Shoe is also known as the Hedeby shoe and is derived from the Stepping through Time: Archaeological Footwear from Prehistoric Times until 1800 and is classified as a Thong Fastening (type 10).
This shoe is made on a EEE last and is wider than most of our shoes. Available for Men and Women, the Haithabu Viking Turn Shoe is available in brown. Colors of brown can vary, depending on leather availability. Shoes may be any color from tan to dark brown.
Optional lugged, anti slip, or crepe soles are not offered for the Haithabu Viking Shoe.