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!

The Nobleman`s Shoes

Hi guys,
remember when I told you I was working on a special luxurious project? Well here it is – “The nobleman`s shoes” or “the christmas elf shoes” as we call them 🙂

These are exclusively nobleman`s shoes worn by both men and women from western and central Europe from the 12th to the 14th centuries. They`re custom made and one of a kind. The leather sole is 7mm thick, the upper is 1,1-1,2mm and the fabric is 100% pure silk. The edge of the upper is enforced with extra stitching and lining to avoid tearing in the fabric. The design and embroidery pattern are based on extant originals and studies on medieval footwear. For the binding stitch I used waxed linen thread, and for the embroidery and enforcing stitches I used cotton threads. The buttons are made of glass beads. The shoes` size is 40-41 by European size standards (6,5 t0 7,5 British sizes and 7-8 by american standards).

But the best part is they are FOR SALE
Call us if you’re interested.

Futhermore we take orders for custom hand made shoes – any design and decorations you like.