Note: Please note measurements are approximate from outside of boot. Our boots are made of supple leather and therefor accommodate varying foot widths within a range. We have found that sizes run pretty true to modern sizes. In general, modern feet are not used to the softness of period shoes so we recommend choosing a size larger than you normally would so as to have plenty of room to add a modern insole. For those needing maximum support we strongly recommend adding the vibram sole option to your boots. Please note that boots with vibram soles added take an additional 7-10 days to ship and cannot be shipped via expedited methods (Fed Ex).
Many of our customers who have asked us to add a “correct” medieval turnshoe to our line for use in higher-level reenactments and on stage. We listened and we are proud to present you with the most authentic, highest quality medieval shoe available. Our medieval turn shoes are inspired by 14th-15th century shoes found in Schleswig, Germany, but are broadly similar to examples dating from the 8th century onward. The universality of medieval footwear also makes them quite similar to examples found in England and elsewhere in Western Europe. These shoes are constructed using only the authentic medieval stitching and techniques to produce a highly accurate recreation of the quintessential medieval shoe. They are made with correct medieval tunnel-stitching, sewn inside-out, then turned and finished. (Even better, they are also extremely comfortable to wear with little or no breaking-in necessary!) Please note the pebble finish varies as the hides the shoes are made from naturally vary. Our turnshoes currently come in a deep black, a rich golden brown, and are available in Men’s 3-14 whole sizes only, Ladies order 2 sizes smaller. The leather is pebbled; pebbling ranges from a generally smooth surface to a heavily pebbled one – a natural result of the tanning process – but is generally consistent within a pair of shoes. We have made these shoes with extra thick soles, since many modern feet are not used to the softness of period shoes, but we recommend choosing a size larger than you normally would so as to have plenty of room to add a modern insole.
For those needing maximum support we strongly recommend adding the vibram sole option to your period footwear. Please note that footwear with vibram soles added take an additional 14-18+ days to ship and cannot be shipped via expedited methods (Fed Ex) and as a customized product are not eligible for exchange or return.
Drawing after extant find in Dordrecht Holland, the Netherlands circa 13-14th century
|Drawing after extant find of a pair of shoes Vlaardingen, Holland, the Netherlands circa 11-12th century
Drawing after extant find Sluis, the Netherlands circa 1400
Drawing after extant find in Groningen de Hunze, the Netherlands circa 14th Century
Drawing after extant find in Wolters-Noordhoff in Groningen, the Netherlands circa 14th century
Drawing after extant find in Dordrecht Holland, the Netherlands circa the late middle ages
I am in Brisbane Australia and I recently received a pair of your black medieval ankle boots and they are awesome indeed…very comfortable and nicely handcrafted.Thank you. And once again “Love the boots”
detail of the sole of our shoe with added vibram
detail of the sole of our shoes with added vibram
detail of the bottom of the stitched sole of our turn shoes
“Finally a pair of reasonably priced, period appropriate shoes!! Footwear is the hardest thing to find when costuming oneself; it can be very frustrating to have to resort to hiking boots or whatever to finish a costume. I was so happy to open the box from revival and find these very cool shoes that will provide a supreme finishing touch to my costume.
By the way, during my presentations to grade four kids, they have asked to see my footwear! Thanks loads!”
– Katy Gillett
Attorney at Law