Fantasy-boots

A Pair of Fantasy Boots

Last week, I made a pair of sturdy fantasy boots for Live-Action-Role-Play. The owner wanted them to be as sturdy and durable as possible, so this is what I did:

  • I used 2 layers of thick leather for the soles. Each sole is about 5-6 mm thick, so every shoe has a 12 mm sole.
  • They were supposed to be nailed with hobnails, but it turned out too expensive and time-consuming, so we left that out for later. Keep in mind that medieval shoes rarely have hobnails, so that’s not an accurate reconstruction; however, the design is based on medieval shoes.
  • For the upper pieces, I used thick cow leather about 2mm, and for the heel – 3mm. Sadly, this type of leather is very hard to sew with hidden stitches, so I had to use visible X-stitches. I don’t like that much, but It’s not up to me. It depends on the leather quality.
  • The shoes are sewn inside-out, and turned after that. The second sole is then added, and the upper pieces are sewn to the shoe.
  • Lastly, I added the strings. They are designed so that the boots can be worn closed neatly around the calf, which is great for cold and wet weather conditions. They can also be worn with open tongues so that the foot can breathe when it’s hot.

The design is based on a pair of medieval shoes. Sadly, the stitches are not very common for medieval shoes. Regardless of that, however, the fantasy boots turned out very good, and I’m extremely proud of my work. Enjoy:

Roman calcei

Roman calcei project – complete!

The Medievalisticals team is proud to announce the completion of our first pair or roman shoes!

 

 

As an experienced medieval shoemaker, I’ve made more than 20 pairs of medieval shoes, but never any roman footwear.

This type of roman shoes is based on archaeological finds from the 5th-6th century. The calcei are a part of a roman military costume that we were hired to recreate for a very interesting local museum in Bulgaria. The museum is based in the municipality of Samokov and it serves as an exposition for archaeological finds from the near roman fortress Belchin. I’m not sure this is the historical name of the place, though.

Roman shoes are very different from medieval shoes. They are more  complex and in my personal opinion unnecessarily complicated. First – they are not sewn on the inside and flipped inside out like medieval shoes(it’s a bit more complicated), and second they have a double sole and hobnails. That makes walking with them extremely comfortable. I know that because i tested my double soled boots recently at medieval camp Cherven. As you may see our example of roman footwear doesn’t have hobnails on the sole, that is because the museum didn’t want hobnails. Besides, the boots will be worn by a mannequin dressed with lorica hamata, scutum and everything a 5th century roman legionnaire could need.  So a hobnailed boot may cause some damage to the floor, especially with the weight of the weapons and armor.

We hope you like our work and if you have any questions, or want to place an order with our medieval shoemaker, you can reach us here – https://www.facebook.com/Medievalisticals?ref=hl