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).
At last, a proper 14th century tall boot! Tall boots appear artistically for the first time in the second half of the 14th century as part of the “working wardrobe” of huntsmen. By the end of the century, the had been adopted by the nobility for wearing on the hunt themselves. The boots continued to grow taller, as the cotehardie/doublet grew shorter, until they became a popular fashion for well-dressed men at court in the early decades of the 15th century and throughout the next century.
Most ready to order tall boots on the market today are really simplified 15th century designs that reenactors “fudge” for the 14th century. We wanted to do better than that. Inspired largely by the famed Gaston Pheobus Huntbook, one of the first sources to show tall boots, our tall boots are based on a design that would have been popular from the 1370s throughout the early 15th century.Made of a durable but supple leather that requires no painful breaking in, these boots hug and shape the leg, and have a slightly pointed toe. They buckle shut on the outside of the leg with brass buckles based on period originals. This style allows you to customize fit around your calf and up the leg.
The end result is a product that we believe is more historically accurate, durable and aesthetically pleasing to anything else available “off the rack” today. We’re really excited at how well these turned out, and invite you to come see what makes these boots so special for yourself. Our Medieval Tall Boots are currently available in black and golden brown, whole sizes 4-14 based on Mens shoe sizes. Women should order 2 sizes smaller.
(Note: We have made one concession to modern feet in the nailed sole, which, while anachronistic, provides a thicker sole and more supportive boot. It is also ideal for mounting a high-traction sole vibram for customers engaging in SCA or reenactment combat. The brass buckles allows a secure and comfortable fit through the leg and foot. As many modern feet are not used to the softness of period shoes we recommend choosing a size larger than you normally would so as to have plenty of room to add a modern insole. Also, for those needing more support we strongly recommend adding the vibram sole option to your boots. Please note that boots with vibram soles added take an additional 7-14 days to ship and cannot be shipped via expedited methods, such as Fed Ex. The addition of the vibram sole makes the boots a custom ordered item and cannot be returned or exchanged.
Drawing after extant find in Konstanz, Germany circa 13-14th century
Drawing after the Hours of Pierre de Bosredon for Rome use MS G.55 fols. 124v-125r circa 1465 in Langres, France
Drawing after a detail of the ‘Book of Hunting’ of Gaston Phobeus, MS. francais 616, circa mid 14th century in the Bibliotheque National, Paris, Franc
Detailed views of our Medieval Tall Boots in Brown
“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
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 boots with added vibram
detail of the sole of our boots with added vibram
detail of the bottom nailed sole of our boots
“I received my low medieval boots on Saturday afternoon and wanted to tell you how thoroughly satisfied I am with them. Finally I have shoes that look terrific with my Fourteenth Century harness and that I am not afraid to fight in. I have already taken them to my local shoe repair shop, where they confirmed that once I wore out the soles, they could easily repair them. The quality of these shoes is everything that I would expect to see from your firm, and I am putting your new riding boots on my Christmas wish list. Thank you for offering this fine product.”
– Arthur A. Donadio
Attorney at Law