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Talbot's Premium Medieval Turnshoes

Our turnshoes in Golden Brown
Price:: $99.95


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  • Sturdy construction in Top Quality leather
  • Style based on original 14th c. finds
  • 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 detail stitching around top and leather ties
  • Available in Black and Golden Brown
  • Sizes 3 - 14 whole sizes only based on Mens sizes
  • Price $99.95

Our turnshoes in Black

About our Turnshoes 

We've heard from many of our customers who have asked us to add a "correct" medieval turnshoe to our line for use in higher-level reenactments and on stage. We listened and we are proud to present you with the most authentic, highest quality medieval shoe available. Our turn shoes are inspired by 14th-15th century shoes found in Schleswig, Germany, but are broadly similar to examples dating from the 8th century onward. The universality of medieval footwear also makes them quite similar to examples found in England and elsewhere in Western Europe. These shoes are constructed using only the authentic medieval stitching and techniques to produce a highly accurate recreation of the quintessential medieval shoe. They are made with correct medieval tunnel-stitching, sewn inside-out, then turned and finished. (Even better, they are also extremely comfortable to wear with little or no breaking-in necessary!) Please note the pebble finish varies as the hides the shoes are made from naturally vary. Our turnshoes currently come in a deep black, a rich golden brown, or a pure white, and are now available in Men's 3-14 whole sizes only, Ladies order 2 sizes smaller. The leather is pebbled; pebbling ranges from a generally smooth surface to a heavily pebbled one - a natural result of the tanning process - but is generally consistent within a pair of shoes. We have made these shoes with extra thick soles, since many modern feet are not used to the softness of period shoes, but we recommend choosing a size larger than you normally would so as to have plenty of room to add a modern insole.

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 

Views of our Medieval Turnshoes in Black

Views of our Medieval Turnshoes in Golden Brown

closeup detail photos of our stitched Turnshoes


Size Chart 

Note: Please note measurements are approximate from outside of shoe. Our turnshoes are made of supple leather and therefor accommodate varying foot widths within a range. We have found that sizes run a bit smaller than modern shoe sizing in both length and width so we recommend choosing a size larger than your usual size. In general, modern feet are not used to the softness of period shoes so choosing a size larger than you normally would will also give you room to add a modern insole.

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

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


Historical Inspirations 


Drawing after extant find in Dordrecht Holland, the Netherlands circa 13-14th century Drawing after extant find of a pair of shoes Vlaardingen, Holland, the Netherlands circa 11-12th century
Drawing after extant find Sluis, the Netherlands circa 1400 Drawing after extant find in Groningen de Hunze, the Netherlands circa 14th Century


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