Worn by soldiers in the high middle ages, these calf high boots with a fold over top make an excellent finish to the 14th and 15th century kit. Tall boots above the ankle, although comparatively rare in the Middle Ages, do seem to have been worn by members of the upper classes by the end of the Late 14th century. Surviving examples of such footwear are extremely rare, but there are exceptional iconographic examples including Cotton MS Nero E ii, part 1, f. 124 (showing a Saracen in high boots in armour) and the Gaston Phebus Hunting Book (with versions dated to the late 14th and early 15th century), and of course Froissart. Certainly calf boots like these were worn more commonly in the 15th century, but for those working at the end of the 14th century they are also appropriate.
Our version is patterned after several examples seen in Froissart and made from a heavy, yet supple cowhide lined with leather. The soles are attached using the welted technique, which ensures a far more comfortable wear for a much longer time, and will enable them to be repaired at any local shoe repair shop (which can't be done with turnshoes).
Compare these boots with similar models costing much more; our leather is heavy but supple--not thin as is so often done as a cost cutting measure and the seams used on the top of the shoe are all correct medieval stitches. These boots should provide many years of comfort for reeanctment, SCA, Renaissance Faires, historical swordsmanship, and theatre.
Available in black with red lining, black with buff lining and brown with buff lining, and black with black lining
OUT OF 11 12 and 13 in all black boots.
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