Poulaines with lacing, Vevey, approx. 1450
For a long time, the Poulaine was the most distinguished footwear of the late Middle Ages. Its tip, which protruded over the toes by different lengths depending on the fashion, required a deliberate gait. For this reason, it initially served primarily as a means of representation for the nobility. With the increasing importance of the cities and the wealthy patricians, the beak-boot also found its way into the fashion of the burghers and thus spread throughout the entire population in the second half. Even farmers and journeymen now wore the formerly noble shoes. This wide distribution is one of the reasons for the development of the "cow-mouth shoe".
This shoe is made using the reversible sewing technique, i.e. it is sewn together on the inside (the side with the acne) and only then carefully turned to the correct side (the side with the scar). As a result, no seam is visible on the outside.
An additional outsole is not applied; historically correct, the shoe consists only of upper leather and insole. Partial soles or doubled outsoles can be ordered by mail for an additional charge.
Historical: depending on the era, reversible or welted; as close to the originals as possible
Modern: Inexpensive variant with historical cut but modern production (glued, machine sewn)
LARP: Modern version with extra rubber sole
Colors see selection, special colors (e.g. red colored) please contact us by mail.