Last year little B didn’t need any shoes, but this year he most certainly does. We have our first all-weekend medieval event coming up, so a couple of months ago I tried to make a pattern for boots like this one from Medeltidsmuseet in Stockholm.
As the shoe I based these off don’t have any extant lacing I wasn’t sure how I’d do it. After asking around amongst my 14th century living history friends a bit I decided on this method, one string for every two pairs of holes.
Fabric:Thin leather found in our often visited charity shop, and thicker leather for the soles cut down from one of my sisters’ old medieval-ish shoes.
Pattern:None. Made my own.
Year:The boot I based these on were found in a 14-15th century deposit in Stockholm, Sweden, and as we do late 14th century it’s perfect.
How historically accurate is it?Pretty much; the material and stitching is all period. I’m not positive about the pattern, but the boots looks a bit like the original, so I’m not that far off.
Hours to complete:Including making the pattern, six perhaps?
First worn: For the pictures.
Total cost:Just counting the bit of leather I used for the shoes, 30 SEK ($4,5; £2,9; €3,4).