Side-Laced, European Medieval Shoes

Hi all! I just finished a quick pair of double-sole medieval shoes. They are based on western European archaeological finds and depictions from the 15th century. However, there are some images of similar shoes from the church of Boboshevo, Bulgaria from an earlier period. This particular pair is made for a western European costume reconstruction. These medieval shoes are made of 2 soles, each with a 6 mm thickness, and a 2 mm thick upper leather part. I’m pretty happy with the results. They look great! I think i will invest in some more of this leather 😀


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  1. How do you stitch on the second sole? Also do you have a pattern for this? It looks like the fold over tongue is separate, is it completely so or just particularly? Thanks.

    • Yes the fold is separate and added to the front piece of the shoe with a subtle stitch that goes under the skin, and is not visible on the surface side of the shoe. I make patterns separately for every pair of shoes i make so that they fit well.

      As for the second sole – this type of shoe is called a clump-shoe, or clumped, because of the added sole. Basically, you make a regular turnshoe but with a small lace on the side. Once you flip the turnshoe inside-out, the lace sticks out. And then you just sew another sole to the lace. If the second sole is as big as the first one, the connecting stitch gets concealed by the upper part of the shoe, that’s why you can’t see it in the pictures.

      For more information look for – Footwear of the middle ages, and check the different methods of construction 🙂

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