A Masterclass in Simplicity and Ingenuity: Medieval Boots
At any kind of LARPing event, you’re probably going to be on your feet a fair amount. So, you’ll want footwear that’s comfortable, while being both attractive and historically accurate. Simply put, the Einhard boots cover all these bases.
These boots are handmade and have two basic parts, both made with real leather, which is either brown or black. These are the sole and the upper, which is the part of the boot or shoe that covers the foot. The upper is stitched together at the front, going halfway up the foot. Then, the sole is nailed onto the top. The boot can then be tied shut by two leather strings.
This design is both simple and beautiful and even has a real basis in historical medieval patterns and pictures.
The Defining Material of Footwear: Why Leather Was So Popular
Looking specifically at shoes, leather was used a lot all through history and is still considered a premium material today. As far as we know, the first shoes were made of leather.
One of the simplest reasons for this was that it was relatively easy to come by, especially for footwear. Even scraps of rawhide can protect the feet to some extent. But, when leather is properly prepared, it really shines.
Leather is flexible and relatively easy to work with, as well as being attractive. However, it’s also very sturdy and can last for years when properly cared for. This makes it ideal for shoes worn by both rich and poor alike.
The technical specifications of the Einhard Boots are as follows:
- Material: Leather
- Colour: Black or brown
- Sizes: EU 41-47, US Women’s 10.5-12, US Men’s 8-14, UK 7-12