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


An side button design, based on sketches in Norris (Page 271) and Wilson, and hence from paintings. 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.

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.

It is a side seamed turnshoe and made without a rand. The ankle section is left open to facilitate putting on the shoe, and then fastened with a simple button and unstitched hole (although this could be a toggle, or some form of latchet as in the earlier Anglo-Danish Ankleboot design.

The basic design is MY estimate of the pattern, and may not be absolutely accurate.

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Footwear of the Middle Ages - Historical Shoe Designs/Number 13, by I. Marc Carlson. Copyright 1996
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