A Medieval Lady’s Shoes


Last year, a friend of mine from Serbia asked to make a pair of good-looking women’s shoes. The shoes had to be suitable for a reconstruction of a noble lady’s costume from 14th century Serbia.

It was a difficult task to find good examples of decorated footwear on the Balkans. However, I did manage to find a lot of images of colored, embroidered and decorated shoes in various wall paintings. So, based on some of the colors and decorations of the shoes in the murals, and archaeological finds of similar shoes in western Europe, I came up with this reconstruction.

The shoes are made of thin leather upper part, covered with raw silk and decorated with cotton embroidery. The buttons are made of mountain crystal. I have also added a protective strip of leather between the silk upper part and the thick leather sole. I have seen plenty of late medieval archaeological finds, where shoes have such strips. This is what they look like.

I am proud of my work. It was especially hard to turn them inside-out because of the shape of the sole, but it was worth the efforts. Here is where I have got some of my inspiration from.

Cheers for the lucky lady, and best regards!
Vasil

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