*Backorderable! We will place order when we have interest for 20 boots. Currently at 2/20 High boots, although comparatively rare in the Middle Ages, do seem to have been worn by members of the upper classes by the end of the 14th century, although they were most popular during the whole of the 15th. 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). Certainly tall 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. For civilian wear, we can see many pictoral examples, although not nearly as common as shoes or ankle boots. They are even occasionally seen in military references, particularly when no further armour is worn on the leg. the Cotton MS listed above or the in the Chronique of Charles VII, BN France (many examples). Our version, made from a heavy, yet supple cowhide, closes with four buckles per boot to allow the boots to fit a wide variety of calf/knee/thigh circumferences. Instead of the hook & eye clusures that would necessitate custom fitting, we have used buckles correct for the period (And there is a reconstructed version using 10 buckles from Konstantz, Germany). 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). For combatants, the tall boot provides defense for the knee, although they are probably too bulk to wear under well-fitted cased greaves. The leather soles will last for a very long time and should be roughed to reduce slipping. 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; the buckles solid German silver or cast brass; 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.
Medieval Riding Boot
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