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Machine-stitched Footwear

Front-laced Shoe  Machine-stitched Footwear

Front-laced Shoe

14th + 15th century
£45.00 adult sizes 4-13
£40.00 adult sizes 1-3
Style Code: LMF

I offer this common shoe style of the period in a budget version. It has a 3.5mm (1/7in) thick sole and ties. It is tough but not quite as hard-wearing as my hand-stitched shoes and makes a good starter model. I recommend that you order these shoes with wooden patten style PAT-S.

Colours: varying shades of brown, depending on what I have in stock. Colours range from saddle-tan, to medium brown to dark brown. You are welcome to state your preference on the order form and I will try to meet it, but instant availability of these shoes means that you ought to be prepared to accept whatever colour I happen to have in stock.

Front-latchet Shoe Machine-stitched Footwear

Front-latchet Shoe

14th + 15th century
£45.00 adult sizes 4-13
£40.00 adult sizes 1-3
Style Code: LML

I offer this common shoe style of the period in a budget version. It has a 3.5mm (1/7in) thick sole and ties. It is tough but not quite as hard-wearing as my hand-stitched shoes and makes a good starter model.You can complement these shoes with wooden patten style PAT. Please note that delivery times for the pattens might be longer than for the shoes.

Colours: varying shades of brown, depending on what I have in stock. Colours range from saddle-tan, to medium brown to dark brown. You are welcome to state your preference on the order form and I will try to meet it, but instant availability of these shoes means that you ought to be prepared to accept whatever colour I happen to have in stock.

Front-laced Boot Machine-stitched Footwear

Front-laced Boot

14th + 15 century
£50.00 adult sizes 4-13
Style Code: LMB

I offer this common boot-style of the period in a budget version. It has a 3.5mm (1/7 in) thick sole and lacings. It is tough but not quite as hard-wearing as my hand-stitched version of the same boot-style and makes a good starter-model. I recommend that you order these shoes with wooden patten style PAT-S.

Colours:varying shades of brown, depending on what I have in stock. Colours range from saddle-tan, to medium brown to dark brown. You are welcome to state your preference on the order form and I will try to meet it, but instant availability of these boots means that you ought to be prepared to accept whatever colour I happen to have in stock.

Hand-stitched Footwear

Side-laced Shoe Hand-stitched Footwear

Front-laced Shoe

14th + 15th century
£180.00 adult sizes 4-13
Style Code: LHF

Genuine  turn-shoe with a 6mm (1/4 in) sole. Bifurcated latching-type ties fasten across the front-split and flap. It comes with heel-stiffeners. I recommend that you order these shoes with wooden patten style PAT-S.

Heels: optional small heel and/or second sole layer available.
Colours:saddle-tan, medium brown, mahogany, dark brown or black.

Side-laced Shoe Hand-stitched Footwear

Side-laced Shoe

14th + 15th century
£200.00 adult sizes 4-13
Style Code: LHE

 

Genuine  turn-shoe with a 6mm (1/4 in) sole. Triangular extension of the vamp and side-lacing. These shoes are also known by their most famous wearers name: Till Eulenspiegel shoes.
I recommend that you order these shoes with wooden patten style PAT-S.

Heels: optional small heel and/or second sole layer available.
Colours:saddle-tan, medium brown, mahogany, dark brown or black.

Front-laced Boot Hand-stitched Footwear

Front-laced Boot

14th + 15th century
£245.00 adult sizes 4-13
Style-Code: LHB

Genuine turn-shoe with a 6mm(1/4 in) sole. Closes at the front with three sets of double laces and has heel-stiffeners. I recommend that you order these boots with wooden patten style PAT-S.

Heels: optional small heel and/or second sole layer available.
Colours: saddle-tan, medium brown, mahogany, dark brown or black.

Variation of Front-laced Boot Hand-stitched Footwear

Variation of Front-laced Boot

Style-Code: LHB

Price on request

This is a variation of boot style LHB, here shown with a single set of plain round bronze buckles. There is a choice of buckle styles available and the number of buckles is variable too. This style is also available with two buckles around the ankles and a horizontal lace around the top. You can also supply me with your own buckles. Just tell me what variation you would want me to make.
Knee Boot Hand-stitched FootwearKnee Boot Hand-stitched Footwear

Knee Boot

14th + 15th century
£295.00 adult sizes 4-13
Style-Code: LHK
 

 

Genuine turn-shoe with a 6mm(1/4 in) sole. Closes on the side with two buckles and has heel-stiffeners. I recommend that you order these boots with wooden patten style PAT-S.

Heels: optional small heel and/or second sole layer available.
Colours: saddle-tan, medium brown, mahogany, dark brown or black.

Thigh Boot Hand-stitched FootwearThigh Boot Hand-stitched Footwear

Thigh Boot

14th + 15th century
£385.00 adult sizes 4-13
Style-Code: LHT

 

Genuine turn-shoe with a 6mm(1/4 in) sole. Closes on the side with two buckles and has heel-stiffeners. I recommend that you order these boots with wooden patten style PAT-S.

Heels: optional small heel and/or second sole layer available.
Colours: saddle-tan, medium brown, mahogany, dark brown or black.

Side-laced Boot Hand-stitched Footwear

Side-laced Boot

14th and 15th century
£245.00 adult sizes 4-13
Style-Code: LHS

Genuine turn-shoe with a 6mm (1/4 in) sole. Closes at the inside of the foot with one long leather lace and has heel-stiffeners. I recommend that you order these shoes with wooden patten style PAT-S.

Heels: optional small heel and/or second sole layer available.
Colours: saddle-tan, medium brown, mahogany, dark brown or black. For fancy colours please ask for a quote.

Variation of Side-laced Boot style LHB Hand-stitched Footwear

Variation of Side-laced Boot style LHB

Price on request

This is a variation of boot style LHS, here shown custom-dyed in red and with openwork turn-downs of gold-leather.
This particular boot is not historically authentic, but worked to the customers specification. I can undertake similar bespoke work for you.
Front-latchet Shoe Hand-stitched Footwear

Front-latchet Shoe

late 14th + 15th century
£180.00 adult sizes 4-13
Style Code: LHL

Genuine turn-shoe with a 6mm (1/4 in) sole. Closes with a bifurcated front-latchet on the outer side of the foot and has heel-stiffeners. This shoe was worn not only by ladies but also by well-dressed fashionable men. I recommend that you order these shoes with wooden patten style PAT.

Heels: optional small heel and/or second sole layer available.
Colours: saddle-tan, medium brown, mahogany, dark brown or black. For fancy colours please ask for a quote.

Front-latchet Shoe with Poulaine Hand-stitched Footwear
Shoe LHL-L
with openwork

Front-latchet Shoe with Poulaine Hand-stitched Footwear
Shoe LHL-L and matching wooden pattens PAT-L (not included in price)

Front-latchet Shoe with Poulaine

1370-1475 AD
adult sizes 4-13
£215.00 plain
£245.00 with openwork as seen here
Style Code LHL-L

Genuine turn-shoe with a 6mm (1/4in) sole. Very upmarket shoe for ladies and gents.

Colours: saddle-tan, medium-brown, dark-brown, mahogany and black.
Buckles and small heels available. Sorry, an additional sole layer is not available with these shoes. For custom-dyed colours and openwork - like seen here - or other variations, as well as incisions and reliefwork, please ask for a quote.
I recommend that you order these shoes with wooden patten style PAT-L.

Cordovan Shoe with Rosette OpenworkHand-stitched FootwearCordovan Shoe with Rosette Openwork Hand-stitched Footwear

Cordovan Shoe with Rosette Openwork

late 14th + 15th century
£330.00 adult sizes 4-13
Style Code: LHL-R
 

 

Genuine turn-shoe made from museum-grade ivory-coloured alum-tawed goatskin. The famous Cordovan leather of the middle ages. It has a 4mm (1/6 in) sole. Closes with a bifurcated front-latchet on the outer side of the foot and has heel-stiffeners. In a historic context such shoes would have been worn by the very richest of people on the most ceremonial of occasions and hence they were not expected to last for more than a few hours.
All the archaeological remains of shoes of this type are in shreds – as is to be expected.

Disclaimer:
The leather of these shoes has been greatly weakened by the openwork.
These shoes are intended for display purposes only and are excluded from my usual warranty.

Please ask me for sturdier wearable variations of these styles.

Colours: saddle-tan, medium brown, mahogany, dark brown or black. For custom colours please ask for availability.

Shoe with extensive geometric openwork Hand-stitched FootwearShoe with extensive geometric openwork Hand-stitched Footwear

Shoe with extensive geometric openwork

late 14th + 15th century
£370.00 adult sizes 4-13
Style Code: LHL-O

 

Genuine turn-shoe. It has a 4mm (1/6 in) sole. Closes with a bifurcated front-latchet on the outer side of the foot and has heel-stiffeners. In a historic context such shoes would have been worn by the very richest of people on the most ceremonial of occasions and hence they were not expected to last for more than a few hours.
All the archaeological remains of shoes of this type are in shreds – as is to be expected.

Disclaimer:
The leather of these shoes has been greatly weakened by the openwork.
These shoes are intended for display purposes only and are excluded from my usual warranty.

Please ask me for sturdier wearable variations of these styles.

Colours: saddle-tan, medium brown, mahogany, dark brown or black. For custom colours please ask for availability.

Shoe with Poulaine and scraped leaf-pattern Hand-stitched FootwearShoe with Poulaine and scraped leaf-pattern Hand-stitched Footwear

Shoe with Poulaine and scraped leaf-pattern

1370-1475 AD
adult sizes 4-13
£345.00
Style Code LHL-LL


 

Genuine turn-shoe with a 6mm (1/4in) sole and buckle fastening. A leaf pattern is laboriously scraped into the leather.
Very upmarket shoe for ladies and gents.

Colours: saddle-tan, medium-brown, dark-brown, mahogany and black.For fancy colours please ask for availability.
I recommend that you order these shoes with wooden patten style PAT-L.

Front-latchet Shoe with Poulaine Hand-stitched FootwearFront-latchet Shoe with Poulaine Hand-stitched Footwear

Front-latchet Shoe with Poulaine

1370-1475 AD
adult sizes 4-13
£345.00 plain
Style Code LHL-LC
 

 

Genuine turn-shoe with a 6mm (1/4in) sole and buckle fastening. A cross-hatch and stripes pattern is laboriously scraped and incised into the leather.
Very upmarket shoe for ladies and gents.

Colours:saddle-tan, medium-brown, dark-brown, mahogany and black.For fancy colours please ask for availability.
I recommend that you order these shoes with wooden patten style PAT-L.

Pattens

In medieval times wooden pattens would be worn almost always out of doors and even indoors. They raise your expensive leather shoes beyond the puddles and keep your feet warm and dry. The initial expense saves a lot of money in the long run as the soles of your leather shoes just won't wear out when protected by pattens. Indeed without pattens one is not properly medievally shod.

Wooden Patten with leather hinge Hand-stitched Footwear
 

Wooden Patten with leather hinge

13th - 15th century
adult sizes 4-13
£60.00
Style Code: PAT-S

Very easy to wear wooden Patten. Adjustable nail-fastening on toe-strap, pewter buckle on ankle-strap and leather hinge under the joint of the foot.
Usually in stock and goes with shoe styles EML, LHF, LHB, LHS, LMF and LMB.

Colour of straps: dark brown

Wooden Patten w. leather hinge Hand-stitched Footwear 

Wooden Patten w. leather hinge

13th -15th century
Size 4-13   £105.00
Style-Code: PAT-SM

Same Patten as style PAT-S, with hinge, but with a much neater finish to it. It has an additional leather edge binding around the sole, whip-stitched edge finish on the straps and hand-forged rose-head nails around the edges.

Colours: saddle-tan, medium-brown, mahogany, dark-brown, black  

Wooden Patten Hand-stitched Footwear

Wooden Patten

late 14th + 15th century
£100.00 adult sizes 4-13
Style Code: PAT

Wooden Patten to complement shoe LHL or LML.
Such wooden overshoes were commonly worn out of doors and should be ordered together with the shoes to complement and protect them. A variety of ornamentations like stamped flower patterns and coloured embroidery are available. Please contact us for designs and quotes.

Colours: leather strap dyed to match the shoes

Wooden Patten with Poulaine Hand-stitched Footwear

Wooden Patten with Poulaine

Late 14th + 15th century
£130.00 adult sizes 4-13
Style-Code: PAT-L

Wooden Patten to complement shoe LHL-L.
Such wooden overshoes were commonly worn out of doors and should be ordered together with the shoes to complement and protect them.

Colours: leather strap dyed to match the shoes

Wooden Patten with Poulaine Hand-stitched Footwear

Wooden Patten with Poulaine

1370-1475 AD
adult sizes 4-13
£130.00 with plain leather strap
£170.00 with flower pattern and edge-binding as seen here
Style Code PAT-L

Wooden Patten with a single leather-strap. Here it is stamped with a flower-pattern and edge-binding. A variety of ornamentations like stamped flower patterns and coloured embroidery are available.

Please contact us for designs and quotes.

Wooden Patten Hand-stitched FootwearWooden Patten Hand-stitched Footwear

Wooden Patten Poplar, high

13th – 15th century
Size 4-13
Plain strap  £155.00
Embroidered £225.00
Style-Code:PAT-HE

Very high patten, 4 inch (10cm) thick sole. Very light as made from poplar wood. These pattens are very high-ranking.
Based on finds from London and similar to those in the painting "the Arnofini Wedding".
The embroidery is done in silk and can be multicoloured, but is done to the customers requirements.
For more information on the embroidery (more patterns available) ask me to send you better pictures.
To match shoe styles LHL-L and LHS.

Colours: leather strap dyed to match shoes

Leather-soled Patten Hand-stitched Footwear Leather-soled Patten Hand-stitched Footwear

Leather-soled Patten Hobnails optional

15th Century
Size 4-13

Plain Sole: £160.00 
Style-Code: PAT-LS

Hobnailed: £190.00 
Style-Code: PAT-LSH 

Pattens made from multiple layers of leather.
These pattens are also the first piece of evidence for the re-emergence of hobnailed soles after the Romans left!
In the periods in between the leather soles of the shoes were to thin to allow hobnails to be anchored in them.

Colours: saddle-tan, medium-brown, mahogany, dark-brown, black

 
Cork-soled Patten with embossed decoration Hand-stitched FootwearCork-soled Patten with embossed decoration Hand-stitched Footwear

Cork-soled Patten with embossed decoration

15th Century
Size 4-13
£170.00 
Style-Code: PAT-C

 

Indoor Pattens made with a cork sole that is covered with goats leather all round. Fastened with a nail and decorated on the insole and straps with embossed floral patterns.

Note on authenticity:
The soling layer of leather is glued on in this case to keep the price down. Under historic circumstances the bottom layer could have been tunnel-stitched. And with the thread invisible it would look just like a glued-on sole. For an additional £40.00 I can stitch the sole on in regular saddle-stitching like on the cork pattens with poulaine.

Colours: saddle-tan, medium-brown, mahogany, dark-brown, black. For fancy colours ask us for availability.

Cork-soled Patten with Poulaine and embossed decoration Hand-stitched FootwearCork-soled Patten with Poulaine and embossed decoration Hand-stitched Footwear

Cork-soled Patten with Poulaine and embossed decoration

15th Century
Size 4-13
£235.00 
Style-Code: PAT-LC
 

 

Indoor Pattens made with a cork sole that is covered with goats leather all round. Fastened with a buckle and decorated on the insole and straps with embossed floral patterns.
The sole on these pattens has been sewn on in a channel and the stitching is visible along the edge of the sole.

Colours: saddle-tan, medium-brown, mahogany, dark-brown, black. For fancy colours ask us for availability.

Extras

Available with all our Footwear

Heel Cushions (Price: GBP 5.00):

These are modern leather covered latex wedges that you can wear inside your shoes. They help to prevent painful heels if you are not used to walking in flat-soled shoes. As they are loose you can order as many pairs as you like to wear with other shoes as well. In this case please specify for what shoe-size you are ordering.
 

Available with our hand-stitched Footwear

Small Heels (Price: GBP 20.00):

These consist of a 6mm thick leather patch tunnel-stitched to the heel of the shoes. These heels are fully authentic and easily replaceable. We strongly recommend them as they prolong the life of your shoes, especially if you intend to walk on tarmac a lot.

Second Sole Layer (Price: GBP 30.00):

This is a second leather sole stuck onto the original sole layer. A small heel can also be added.

Colours (included in Price):

These hand-stitched shoes come in five colours:  saddle-tan, medium brown, mahogany, dark brown and black. Please specify when ordering.

Custom Colours (please ask for a quote):

Some selected styles come in special colours. I will try to match your clothes when I dye your shoes for you. If I dye shoes for you I consider that a personal adjustment and the shoes will be excluded from my usual returns policy.

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