"Laborer's Shoe" (c1000-1200)


A "Laborer's Shoe" as found in Norris (pg. 60) and the Bayeaux Tapestry. It was often made of black or blackened felt or rough leather, and may well have a clump sole attached.

It is a side seamed turnshoe and made with a rand. The ankle section is left open to facilitate putting on the shoe, and then fastened with a button (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 20, by I. Marc Carlson. Copyright 1996
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