There are a surprisingly small number of "boots" found in the archaeological record, although they do appear rather frequently in drawings and artwork from the Middle Ages, as seen in Shoes & Pattens (fig 154) and "Fall of Acre". The ones shown on this page are ancestral to many of the boots worn today.
"Mary Rose Boot" (1545). I need to stress that this is guess on my part regarding this boot, based on a very poor quality photograph. It is a welted shoe, with a rounded toe, and a single outsole. The vamp appears to fold over and buckle, much like those in the speculative "Thigh high boots"
Later, boots are made from a separate vamp and leg pieces. Although they are not shown here, the leg pieces appear to have often been pieced together from irregular longer pieces. This design is based on Byrgen p25, fig. 25-26. c1150-1250 (illustration after Larsen)
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Footwear of the Middle Ages - Historical Shoe Designs/Number 26, by I. Marc
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