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Reconstructing the Bird Shoe from Haarlem

There are several very beautiful medieval shoes found in Haarlem which is a neighborhood in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This pair is dated 1300-1350 and has some very nice and unique decorations. I’ve wanted to do a reconstruction of that find for a long time now. So far, I have seen only one reconstruction of the bird shoe, so I have the pleasure of presenting to you possibly the world’s second reconstruction of the bird shoe from Haarlem. Here is the original:

 

As you can see, these medieval shoes have an amazing design which I tried to replicate. Here is what I managed to do:

The reconstruction is not done at full scale due to the characteristics of the material that I had to use. However, I am very pleased with the results, and I think the owner will be happy with his new medieval shoes.

Best regards!
Vasil