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Medieval Stallholder Footwear

For most people, shoes can be an expensive part of a medieval outfit. A good pair of reproduction shoes or ankle boots will make your outfit look amazing and will last year after year if you take care of them. Shown at right is a pair of 14th century reproduction shoes for a man.

Medieval shoes were made of leather. Some had fancy cutwork designs, some laced at the side and many buckled over the top of the foot for both men and women. Many of them were made from coloured leather.

Some modern shoes are passable if you're starting out as a stallholder and are shopping on a budget. For a cheap footwear option which you can possibly re-use, how about some winter slippers or slip-ons? They are usually available for shops like Target, Big W and KMart at very reasonable prices.

Ballet flats for women are also good! The style of shoe known as the Mary-Jane, shown at left, is quite suitable for women and often comes in colours like red and blue which is quite suitable!

Basically, any kind of slip-on is heading in the right direction. Shown at right is a leather-look slip-on shoe with no decoration in a plain colour which is suitable.

Shown at left is a variety of colours in a slip on shoe which would do if you were really, really, REALLY stuck for footwear and are heaps better than joggers or lace-up school-shoe-style shoes which just look completely wrong. They are not terribly good and should be upgraded the first chance you get.
Sneakers, thongs and lace-up sports shoes are not suitable.

It's possibly worth the investment in a proper pair of medieval shoes if you plan to attend events on a regular basis- it really does finish an outfit off beautifully!

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