Anglo-Scandinavian Staeppescoh or Slipper

"Type 2"
(10th-11th Centuries)
The typology is based on that used by Carlisle, although any errors in the interpretation here are likely to be mine. This rear-seam slipper is one of the most common styles found in Jorvik (York). While I have postulated a round heeled version with out the riser, based on a Hungate find shown in Hald, it is more commonly found with the heal riser. It is generally similar to the Lottorf Bog Slipper.

Although it appears that there should be a binding cord held in place by a Edge/flesh binding-stitch across the upper edge, this stitch more commonly sets a narrow band of leather in place. It may also serve to set a wider band in place, slightly raising the top level of the shoe.

The turned sole usually appear to have been attached by a grain/flesh stitch on the upper, and a flesh/flesh tunnel-stitch on the sole, changing to edge/flesh stitch at the heel riser. Plain edge/flesh stitches are also seen on soles.

Sewing is most generally done with a 1 mm, or so, "thread" of leather lacing.

This design is based on a description found in Carlisle.

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Footwear of the Middle Ages - Historical Shoe Designs/Number 6, by I. Marc Carlson. Copyright 1998
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