Medieval High Shoe
When I first started making shoes, the Medieval High Shoe was the shoe I always wanted to make.... After many years, I have what I think is the best looking and most attractive medieval shoe found in currently available documentation sources. This shoe is a jewel in the cordwainer’s crown! The complexities, multiple pieces, complex curves give this shoe an unbelievable hand and fit.
The Dordrecht (DDT 414) medieval high shoe with keeper straps. Classified as a thong-fastened shoe it is dated to 13th Century Northern Europe with precedents dating from the 10th and 11th Century and antecedents dating into the 14th century. This shoe appears in Stepping Through Time, by Olaf Goubitz on page 139 figure 10.
Medieval High 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 Medieval High Shoe is perfect for even the strictest of reenactment groups.
Available for Men and Women, the Medieval High Shoe is available in brown. Colors of brown can vary depending on leather availability and may range from tan to dark brown.
Optional lugged, anti-slip, or crepe soles are not offered for the Medieval High Shoe.