Anglo-Saxon Button Front Ankle Shoe (c700-1000)


An Anglo-Saxon button down design, based on sketches in Norris and Swann, as well as a portrait of the Emperor Otto in the Registrum Gregorii and a 12th century maunscript illustration. It has simple buttons and unstitched holes. According to Owen Crocker, the basic Anglo-Saxon shoe was black, and fairly undecorated, although there might be some dyed leather, or a colored strip embroidered or painted down the vamp. It may also have a lining of a different color. The basic design is MY estimate of the pattern, and may not be absolutely accurate.

The black color of the leather may well be the result of oxidation of the ink in the illustrations, or difficulties in finding the proper brown colors, as no real sign of "black" Anglo-Saxon shoes has been found.

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Footwear of the Middle Ages - Historical Shoe Designs/Number 12, by I. Marc Carlson. Copyright 1996
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