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Talbot's Medieval Thigh High Riding Boots

Price:: $259.95

 

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  • Sturdy construction in Top Quality leather
  • Style based on original 14th c. artwork in Gaston Phebus' "The Book of the Hunt"
  • Designed as a fine compromise between authenticity, function and cost by longtime expert in medieval accessories, Doug Strong of Talbots
  • Each pair is complete with 7 Brass Buckles per boot cast from period originals
  • Extra thick soles for durability
  • Substantial, but pliable leather for that medieval, "hand tanned" period look
  • Available in Black in stock only, colors available as special order
  • Sizes 4 - 14 - based on Mens sizes (women order 2 sizes smaller)
  • Optional Vibram rubber sole (+$35) for better traction
  • Price $259.95

Our Medieval Thigh High Boots worn with our Decorated Belt, and Cotton Joined Hose

About Our Medieval Thigh High Riding Boots 


Tall boots appear artistically for the first time in the second half of the 14th century as part of the “working wardrobe” of huntsmen. By the end of the century, knee boots had been adopted by the nobility for wearing on the hunt themselves. 
Boots continued to grow taller as the cotehardie/doublet grew shorter, introducing the first real “riding boot”, a thigh-high version of the earlier huntsmen’s boot. These riding boots quickly became a popular fashion for well-dressed, young men at court in the early decades of the 15th century and throughout the next century, as short doublets and the introduction of trunk-hose made them a logical fashion accessory, with a variety of different styled toes, cuffs and closures. This riding boot is an earlier example, one that would have looked at home with the cotehardies or early doublets in the first half of the 15th century.


Made of a durable but supple leather that requires no painful breaking in, these boots hug and shape the leg, and have a slightly pointed toe. They buckle shut on the outside of the leg with brass buckles (seven buckles on each boot) that have been cast off of period originals. They are strongly stitched with a welted seam up the back - a superior, and distinctly medieval stitching method not seen on other, off-the-rack boots! The end result is a product that we believe is more historically accurate, durable and aesthetically pleasing to anything else available “off the rack” today. We're really excited at how well these turned out, and invite you to come see what makes these boots so special for yourself. Our new Medieval Thigh High Boots are currently available in black only, whole sizes 6-14 based on Mens shoe sizes. Women should order 2 sizes smaller.

(Note: We have made one concession to modern feet in the nailed sole, which, while anachronistic, provides a thicker sole and more supportive boot. It is also ideal for mounting a high-traction sole vibram for customers engaging in SCA or reenactment combat. The brass buckles allows a secure and comfortable fit through the leg and foot. As many modern feet are not used to the softness of period shoes we recommend choosing a size larger than you normally would so as to have plenty of room to add a modern insole. Also, for those needing more support we strongly recommend adding the vibram sole option to your boots. Please note that boots with vibram soles added take an additional 7-14 days to ship and cannot be shipped via expedited methods, such as Fed Ex. The addition of the vibram sole makes the boots a custom ordered item and cannot be returned or exchanged.

About Talbot's Premium Shoes

Every clothes-horse knows the accessory makes the person; and every reenactor knows that that a beautiful recreation of a period wardrobe immediately falls flat when completed with a pair of moccasins or motor-cycle boots. But for many years, this is all that was available. When Doug created Talbot's Fine Accessories one of his specific goals was getting periods shoes onto people's feet. For years he was a cobbler to the masses, offering affordable turn shoes and nailed boots based on turn shoe patterns. As a teacher, his how-tos were widely distributed and many other North American makers of medieval shoes learned their craft from Doug. In fact, our old shoe line was based a design by one of Doug's students and adapted from one of his earlier patterns. It's truly a small world! In developing Revival Clothing's premium shoe line Doug has sought to design products that are quintessential examples of a particular period, well-constructed, comfortable and yet-still affordable. No small task, but we think he has succeeded beyond our expectations. We are proud to say that these are the best medieval boots and shoes we have ever offered.

 

Photo Gallery 

 


Detailed views of our Medieval Thigh High Boots in Golden Brown


Top Right: detail of the bottom nailed sole of our boots
Left and Bottom Right: two views of our optional vibram sole

 


Our Buttoned Cotehardie pattern #05 worn with
Cotton Joined Hose and Thigh High Boots


“I received my low medieval boots on Saturday afternoon and wanted to tell you how thoroughly satisfied I am with them. Finally I have shoes that look terrific with my Fourteenth Century harness and that I am not afraid to fight in. I have already taken them to my local shoe repair shop, where they confirmed that once I wore out the soles, they could easily repair them. The quality of these shoes is everything that I would expect to see from your firm, and I am putting your new riding boots on my Christmas wish list. Thank you for offering this fine product.”

- Arthur A. Donadio
Attorney at Law

“Finally a pair of reasonably priced, period appropriate shoes!! Footwear is the hardest thing to find when costuming oneself; it can be very frustrating to have to resort to hiking boots or whatever to finish a costume. I was so happy to open the box from revival and find these very cool shoes that will provide a supreme finishing touch to my costume.
By the way, during my presentations to grade four kids, they have asked to see my footwear! Thanks loads!”

- Katy Gillett

I am in Brisbane Australia and I recently received a pair of your black medieval ankle boots and they are awesome indeed…very comfortable and nicely handcrafted.Thank you. And once again “Love the boots”

Regards,

Russell Sky
Brisbane, Australia


Size Chart 

 

Note: Please note measurements are approximate from outside of boot. Our boots are made of supple leather and therefor accommodate varying foot widths within a range. We have found that sizes run pretty true to modern sizes. In general, modern feet are not used to the softness of period shoes so we recommend choosing a size larger than you normally would so as to have plenty of room to add a modern insole. For those needing maximum support we strongly recommend adding the vibram sole option to your boots. Please note that boots with vibram soles added take an additional 7-10 days to ship and cannot be shipped via expedited methods (Fed Ex).

Size Length Width
4 9" 3 1/8"
5 9 3/8" 3 1/4"
6 9 7/8" 3 1/2"
7 10 1/8" 3 1/2"
8 10 1/2" 3 5/8"
9 10 7/8" 3 5/8"
10 11 1/4" 3 3/4"
11 11 1/2" 3 3/4"
12 11 7/8" 3 7/8"
13 12 1/4" 4"
14 12 5/8" 4 1/4"

Note: For information on converting between international shoe sizes, please visit this excellent reference.

 

Our Design 

 

 

Historical Inspirations 



Drawing after extant find in Konstanz, Germany circa 13-14th century Drawing after the Hours of Pierre de Bosredon for Rome use MS G.55 fols. 124v-125r circa 1465 in Langres, France

 

Drawing after a detail of the 'Book of Hunting' of Gaston Phobeus, MS. francais 616, circa mid 14th century in the Bibliotheque National, Paris, France

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