Medieval Fantasy High Boots “Forest”
Noble fantasy boots
Have you ever tried on a medieval boot and found it to be vastly uncomfortable? There’s a reason for that: medieval shoes and boots often just have flat leather soles, which offer you absolutely no grip and zero support! Our bestselling “Forest Boots” are a solution to that, offering you the ultimate combination of medieval looks and contemporary shoe design. These are boots designed specifically for people who attend medieval events and need to spend time on their feet, such as LARP, HEMA, SCA, Renaissance Fairs, martial arts and other forms of adventuring and combat.
We have created this level of comfort by using modern shoe lasts. Our workshop is home to a master shoemaker and leatherworker, who has been excited to apply his expertise in making modern shoes to ArmStreet’s medieval products. A modern sole is also applied, which still leaves the boots looking very flat and medieval, but with some additional support inside that provides you with a touch more comfort than you’ll find with purely historical shoes. Other modern aspects include strong machine stitching, robust lacing loops, and a rubber outer-sole to give you a little bit more traction when running through the forest.
We have used natural pigskin leather, which is strong but also flexible so it fits like a glove. The overall design of the boot is basic and quite classic, meaning they don’t take away from the rest of your outfit. They have a slim profile on the foot and a rounded toe, giving them a very refined look. They go up to the upper calf, pretty just right to your knee, and lace-up the front to allow you to get the most comfortable fit. They are split from the top of the foot all the way up, with one side of the tongue sewn to the rest of the boot, and the other side unattached. This makes the placement of the tongue panel easier (if it weren’t attached on one side, it would shift quite a lot and be very difficult to get even). Robust fabric loops have been attached with a double layer of stitching, and strong lacing has been used, with extra length included. It is up to you if you cut the laces to be shorted, or just tie them around the top of the boot to work as a “garter”, helping hold it up.
We describe these boots a “generically medieval”, meaning they have an absolutely HUGE range of costumes they can be applied to. We’ve seen them used by elves, knights, warriors, barbarians, hunters, rangers, necromancers, wizards, militia fighters, Jacobites, noblemen… honestly, the list could go on! We have seen them in basically every single country we have attended events at, and are always surprised and delighted to see the sheer amount of characters that these boots have helped create. The best part about these boots is that they can be used as a statement piece for your costume, or they can blend right into the background... it’s up to you and how you style them. We can’t wait to see the character you create with them!
Please treat these boots with care - even though they are comfortable like modern shoes, they are still made of leather and require a bit of extra maintenance. There are a few things we recommend to prolong the life of our footwear: allow them to dry (24-48 hours) between each wear, make sure there is no dirt or mud on them when you’re not wearing them and store them properly. These are rules that can be applied to all leather footwear, including modern shoes. The reason to let the boots dry is to ensure you don’t experience any additional stretching, especially at the seams and back of the foot. A shoe brush (or toothbrush, or cloth) can be used to wipe away any dirt when you’re not wearing them. It is important to make sure there is no mud caked into the seams, as this can lead to rot. To store your boots, we recommend wooden shoe trees or even crumpled newspaper, as they can help the boot keep its shape. Boot keepers or hangers are a good way to keep the knee-high aspect stored upright. If the boots are treated correctly, they will be your trusty companion for many campaigns to come!
If you’re looking for something a bit fancier (and are very good at keeping your boots clean), we also have a white variation of this item.
Important note about measurements:
Please take your measurements attentively - your carefulness will help us make your shoes perfect. You should also remember that natural leather is soft material and it will stretch so when you are getting your shoes it is normal that they fit very slim. It will adjust to the shape of your foot after one or two days of usage.
For people with a broad ankle or non-standard leg proportions, we recommend ordering looser shoes, because this model is slim fitting.
To check how to measure yourself please click here (see video at the bottom of the page). Please note that the instep measurement "e" is really important for this model. Maximum size we can make is US 13 (European 46).
Please contact us if you have any additional questions.
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 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.
- 100% natural leather;
- Rubber outsole.
- Modern shoe last;
- Medieval fantasy design;
- Adjustable lacing.
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