Gothic Shoes Poulaines
Long toe suede shoes with side lacing
These suede shoes are remarkable part of our gothic collection. They are made in accordance with an authentic design with amazing craftsmanship. Your medieval or gothic style costume will have finished and admirable look with these shoes.
They are provided with a modern shoe last so nowadays comfort will accompany you at any medieval style event or live action role-playing without any damage to your authentic appearance. The outsole is made of thin rubber and its edge is processed using methods close to ancient which makes it look just like leather one but not as slippery.
Due to the long and narrow Gothic toes, the soles of these shoes are 8.5-10 cm (3.3"-4") longer than your foot length (depending on the size).
Fashion for pointed shoes (also known as 'poulaines' or 'crakows') began to spread across Europe during XII century and got its apogee in IV century. In no time wearing of long-toed shoes became a privilege of kings, lords, and other noblemen.
Many laws were edited to regulate the length of shoe toes. If you were a peasant your shoes could not be longer than 2 inches past your toes. But the higher was your social status, the longer were toes. Hence for merchants shoe could not be longer than 6 1/2 inches past the toes, for a gentleman - 12 inches, for a nobleman shoes, were allowed to extend 24 inches past the toes. This style of shoes wasn't commonly worn by women. In any case, toes were not as long as in men's shoes.
The poulaines disappeared at the close of the Middle Ages in the second half of the XV century and was replaced by 'cowmouth' or 'bearpow' (shoes with wide round and square toe).
Important note about measurements:
Please take your measurements attentively - it will help us making the pair of shoes perfectly fit for you. Also keep in mind that shoes made of natural materials (suede and leather) stretch and will get the shape of your foot after several days of usage.
To check how to measure yourself please click here (see video at the bottom of the page).
Please contact us if you have any additional questions.
- 100% natural suede (leather as an option);
- Gothic design;
- Long narrow toes;
- Modern sole;
- Twine lacing.