"Middle Class Shoe" (c1000-1200)


A basic "Middle Class Shoe" found in Norris (pg. 59). It should be noticed that the inner side of the shoe is higher than the outer (in this case, the inner side raises above the ankle and is buckled.

As with most common shoes of this period, it seems to have been made of black or blackened materials. Made with a rand. 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 19, by I. Marc Carlson. Copyright 1996
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