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Our Viking Boots are made to be very similar to authentic Viking boots found in excavations. The only difference between our boots and the several hundred dollar reproduction boots is that our boots are made from a top quality microfiber which has the look and feel of suede without the difficulty of care nor the price of real leather.
These boots have a comfortable imitation leather lining and a soft foot pad. The side laces are heavy duty, extra long and look like rawhide. The calf width is 15 to 17 inches, depending on how tight you pull the laces.
The Viking boot is 13 inches high from the ground to the top
Mens Small the interior width at ball of foot is 3-1/4 inches
Mens Medium the interior width at ball of foot is 3-3/8 inches
Mens Large the interior width at ball of foot is 3-1/2 inches
They are available in Mens sizes Small - X-Large which fits sizes 8 - 15, and Womens sizes 6 - 12. Mens sizes are available in your choice of black or brown. Womens sizes come in black only.
Viking Boot History
These Viking Boots are very similar to boot styles found in excavations of Hedeby. Hedeby was an important Danish settlement and trade town on the southern end of the Jutland Peninsula. Hedeby was probably founded there because it is at the head of a narrow, navigable inlet known as the Schlei, which connects to the Baltic Sea. The Vikings could port overland for an almost uninterrupted seaway between the Baltic and the North Sea to avoid a dangerous circumnavigation of Jutland.
Based on surviving examples of Viking shoes, Viking shoes were made of leather and typically were simple affairs made using the turnsole technique. Norse shoes probably didn't last long - perhaps a few months to half a year before they wore out and were replaced. As a result, worn-out shoes are common finds in Norse era trash pits. In some regions, leather survives well, and complete examples of a number of different shoe styles have been found.
Laces are the most common form of fastening for a Viking shoe. This makes the shoe easily adjustable, so that one can adjust the snugness of the shoe as the leather stretches.
Most surviving Viking shoes were ankle height, although there are a few examples of higher boots. The saga literature mentions high shoes. In chapter 9 of Hávarðar saga Ísfirðing (one of the Icelandic Sagas), Valbrand's sons took off their high shoes while they raked hay.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 21 January, 2011.