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Shoes are an overlooked aspect of costuming, usually, because people have to make a choice between cool-looking and comfortable. Medieval shoes are notoriously bad when it comes to comfort and support, so they are often cast aside in favor of a pair of worn-in running shoes. What if we told you that you don’t have to make that choice anymore and that we’ve created a pair of sneakers that look medieval but offer you the same comfort you would get from modern shoes?
Medieval and modern shoemaking practices have been applied to these shoes to make sure they have the best construction possible. In order to make them fit more like your everyday runners, we have used modern shoe lasts to get the shape. We have also used a number of layers to create a comfortable base for your foot, which includes a porous orthopedic base, leather fibreboard, a leather insole, and a rubber outsole. This means that the inside is actually quite similar to a modern shoe, but the outside still has a flat Viking aesthetic with an inconspicuous bit of rubber to help with grip.
Natural leather has been used for these shoes, which is strong but flexible and has a nice texture to it. This kind of leather takes embossing really well, so our patterns site deeply on it. The designs you see along the edges are inspired by Viking knot-work and art, but have been created by our team of in-house artists and are exclusive to ArmStreet. The shoes have been made with strong machine stitching, and have been lined with contrasting leather. A darker leather has been used the band around the middle of the shoe, which helps give it a good fit. This band is embossed with the same knotwork pattern and closes with beautiful dark ages inspired buckle.
Though these look more modern than your average medieval shoes, remember that leather needs a little bit of care! The easiest things you can do to prolong the life of your shoes is to let them dry before wearing them again, brush dirt and mud away from the seams, and store them somewhere where they won't be crushed by other shoes or boxes.
Please be accurate taking measurements – this vastly influences our ability to make an item that will suit you perfectly. Also, you should remember that natural leather is soft material and it will stretch, so when you receive your shoes it is normal that it fits very slim. It will adjust to the shape of your feet after one or two days of usage.
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Important note: Brown, Natural and Cream leather shades may vary, as unfortunately we can't control color of leather which comes from our suppliers. Sometimes it may be darker or lighter, so if the tone of the leather is important factor for you, please contact us before purchase to ascertain which color exactly we have in stock at the moment. Thank you for understanding.
This item is part of the “Viking” collection
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This is the first product I have purchased from ArmStreet, and I am very impressed. The construction is precise with beautiful lines, understated in decoration, and very effective with the contrasting darker leather for the binding. As stated in the description, the more-modern rubber base and layered sole are also very nice additions, while crafted in a way not to detract too much from the historical look. I was originally concerned the leather band would not provide a secure grip on the ankle, but that is not the case as ArmStreet has provided a generous amount of holes for the buckle. My only caution for these boots is that the leather, while beautifully supple and soft, is fairly thin even with there being the two layers (internal lining and external). I recommend using these in more summer/nicer weather and softer terrain, as I think they would be quickly damaged in very rocky or rougher environments. I will definitely be using a beeswax or other leather-protecting agent on them! Thanks for a great set of boots, ArmStreet!