Back in 2014, before I knew much about medieval shoes, I purchased a pair from a merchant at Pennsic. They seemed particularly nice because they sported attractive brass buckles and had tiny nails attaching the soles to the uppers.
I wore them long enough to wear out the soles, such that the nails started protruding from them and catching on our pavilion floor carpets. At that point I knew a lot more about shoes and stopped wearing the nailed ones.
Although the nails are not at all medieval, their uppers are not too bad, so I decided to resole them. It was interesting to disassemble them and attach new soles, converting them to turnshoes in the process.
Steps in this project:
Uppers tend to last a long time, so as these new soles wear out, it's a simple matter of removing them and adding new ones whenever needed.
Note: I have not yet tried to match these shoes to any particular date or location, so for now they are generically period - probably - and likely to serve as my fighting footwear... until another specific project related to that topic is completed.
Last updated Oct. 10, 2022.