About the Shoes

About The Shoes

What are Medieval Moccasins?

Medieval Moccasins are like no other shoes. Here you will find answers to some of our most often asked questions. If your question is not answered here, please feel free to contact us.

Medieval Moccasins are handcrafted leather shoes in a unisex design of ancient European origin and are equally appropriate for period or modern attire. Variations of this shoe can be traced back to Celtic times and have been found in archeological sites all over Southern Europe. This style was commonly known as a “bog shoe” or “ghillie”, a traditional Scottish folk dancing shoe.

Each shoe is made by hand with great care and attention to detail. This attractive alternative to more restrictive styles of footwear is seamless and washable by hand or in your machine. Each shoe is made from a single piece of leather, which is then laced in back and front. Our shoes are designed to hug the foot in comfort and support. By loosening and tightening the laces through the gathered rosette at the toe, the shoes will adjust to each individual foot.

What colors of leather are available?

Medieval Moccasins come in a wide variety of colors to match anything (and everything) in your wardrobe! Our colors change periodically, and sometimes we have small remnants in our workshop that are not shown in the product pages. We can always send snips of our hides as samples to help you make up your mind. We also often have specialty leathers that are only available for a limited time!

Online purchases are hand-made to order! We also have a large and varied stock at the shows we attend. Our workshop does not always have access to the ready-made shoes for rush orders though. If you have any questions, you can always email us (shoecrew@medmocs.com) to see what options we may have for you!

Natural Colors

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Premium Colors

 

 

*Premium Colors are specialty leathers and have an extra fee upon purchase. This fee varies upon leather and style.

How do I trace my feet for the right size?

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To measure your foot, follow these instructions for tracing your feet:

Please stand barefoot on a piece of paper, with your body weight evenly balanced on both your feet. Have someone else trace your feet holding a pen/pencil straight up and down.  Draw a perpendicular box around each foot tracing, and measure the sides of the box. Make sure the sides of the box are labeled clearly in inches. This will give you the accurate length from the tip of your longest toe to your heel (see sample). Then simply choose the size that is closest to the length of your foot. Keep in mind that our supple leathers will stretch a bit over time, and you want them to fit snug to keep their support.

IMPORTANT:

  • Do not look down during the process as looking down can make you shift your body weight, which can distort the tracing.
  • Do not have your feet measured while sitting, as your feet spread when standing and walking.
  • Do not use a fat/oversized pen/pencil or hold it at an angle as this will change the size of the tracing.

If you have any questions, please email your tracings to Medieval Moccasins. We will use your tracing (see sample) to determine your correct size. Please be careful and accurate. Do both feet. Do not send tracings via email without clearly labeling the length in inches of all sides of the box, as emailing can distort the tracings and prevent us from giving you the perfect fit you deserve. Be sure to include your name and order number.

If you need a custom pattern made for your foot, then you must mail us a physical copy of your foot tracings, which we will use as a pattern to cut your custom sole. Please use a separate piece of paper for each foot. Remember that custom shoes are non-returnable, so please be as accurate as possible!

 

Do Medieval Moccasins come in wide sizes?

Since your Medieval Moccasins are adjustable, width is not usually a problem. Please do not choose a larger shoe size to accommodate a wide foot. If you can wear commercial shoe sizes simply by ordering a “wide” size, then you would probably NOT need to have a custom pattern made for our shoes. It is always a good idea to include foot measurements or foot tracings when you are not sure of size.

If you need extra support, we recommend that you upgrade to any of our above the ankle styles and then you can add your own orthotic inserts. You can find more help with orthotics here.

How do I know my size in Medieval Moccasins?

Sizing is unisex and there are no half sizes because the shoes are very adjustable and meant to fit snuggly. Generally, for women, our shoes run slightly larger than commercial shoe sizes; for men, they run slightly smaller. For half sizes, women should choose the next full size down (example: size 8 1/2 would normally wear size 8); men choose the next full size up (example: size 10 1/2 would go to size 11). Please trace your feet and check our size chart below BEFORE you order to be sure of a perfect fit. It is always safest—and highly recommended—to include foot measurements with your order.

To measure your foot, follow the instructions for tracing your feet.

Draw a perpendicular box around each foot tracing, and measure the sides of the box. This will give you the accurate length from the tip of your longest toe to your heel (see sample). Then simply choose the size that is closest to the length of your foot. Keep in mind that our supple leathers will stretch a bit over time, and you want them to fit snug to keep their support.

If you need extra support, we recommend that you upgrade to any of our above the ankle styles and then you can add your own orthotic inserts. We suggest using three-quarter length orthotics only, so that the insert doesn’t interfere with the shoe, and the leather can still take the shape of your foot. If you prefer the look of our lower shoes, keep in mind you can cuff the ankle down in any of our hightop styles. This gives the look of a lower profile but still accommodates the height of an insert. If you still prefer to order our lower styles, please make sure your orthotic is not too thick, so they don’t lift you out of the shoe. If you want to use a cushioning or gel insert, please make sure that you cut them down to smaller than the size of the Medieval Moccasins’ soles so that the inserts do not stretch out the heel of the shoes. Do NOT order a size larger just to accommodate an insert.

Adult Sizes Babies and Children
Our Size Length (inches) Our Size Length (inches)
1 7 3/8″ 4 4 7/8″
2 7 7/8″ 5 5 1/8″
3 8 1/8″ 6 5 3/8″
4 8 1/2″ 7 5 5/8″
5 8 7/8″ 8 6″
6 9 1/8″ 9 6 3/8″
7 9 1/2″ 10 6 5/8″
8 9 7/8″ 11 7″
9 10 1/4″ 12 7 3/8″
10 10 1/2″
11 11 1/8″
12 11 5/8″
13 12″

 

How do I measure for Medieval Moccasins boots?

When ordering Tall Boots, the following measurements are required:

*Length from below the knee to floor (measure at crease behind knee/below kneecap)

*Circumference below the knee

*Length from widest part of the calf to the floor

*Circumference of widest part of the calf

*Length from under the calf to floor

*Circumference under the calf

*Length from ankle to floor

*Circumference of ankle

Custom Boots

When placing your order, please include your leg measurements in the Comments box, or email them separately. We cannot start making your boots until we receive these measurements. Boots have a non-returnable restocking fee of 20%, so measure carefully!

Some helpful tips on taking Leg Measurements:

  1. Have someone else take your measurements! Bending over/twisting your leg will distort and give you a poor fit.
  2. Use the same height measurements for both legs, and give us the corresponding circumferences. Your leg heights should match on both legs.
  3. To find the height just below your knee, measure from the crease behind your knee/below your kneecap.
  4. Move the tape measure for each height–it’s easier and more accurate than giving us your below knee height, and the rest at “# inches shorter.”
  5. Finally, be sure to hug the tape measure against the curve of the outside of the leg, not the back.

In all, these measurements will create a “cone” that is the shape of your leg. We will be making your boots to those measurements to give you a customized, tailored pattern made for your legs. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

For a limited time only, this tailoring is included in our stock boot price. Tailoring only refers to the shape and height of the boot-leg, so please keep in mind that if you require a custom sole, then the $40 custom fee applies.

Be sure to include your name and order number with the measurements if they are emailed. If your order includes boots for more than one person, don’t forget to tell us which set of measurements goes with which boot!

 

How do I know if I need custom Medieval Moccasins made for me?

While our shoes are usually able to adjust for wide and swelling feet, we can also completely customize the sole and leather upper to the shape of your foot! We have helped many customers with problem feet, from bunions, plantar fasciitis, disabilities, and more, so everyone can enjoy comfortable, well fitted, and all-day wear shoes.

Just ask us! Email us tracings of your feet (instructions can be found here) and we can determine if you need custom work. We will then work with you in detail to get you the best fit we can.

There is a $40 fee to make you a custom pattern. This is automatically added to the price of the shoe when you select the Custom Fit option in our shopping cart.

Can I wear these shoes with orthotic inserts?

Absolutely! While our flat soles offer a barefoot-like feel, some customers want to add extra support. With our adjustable leather upper, we have some recommendations to keep your shoes in good shape while taking care of your feet’s special needs.

Primarily, we recommend that you upgrade to any of our above the ankle styles (hightop, open toe hightop, and boot) to keep the inserts firmly in place. The extra height of orthotic at the back can lift your heel out of the back of the lower style shoes, stretching and making you walk on the heel of the shoe. We also suggest using three-quarter length orthotics only, so that the insert doesn’t interfere with the shoe, and so that the leather can still take the shape of your foot.

If you prefer the look of our lower shoes, keep in mind you can cuff the ankle down in any of our high top styles. This gives the look of a lower profile but still accommodates the height of an insert.

However there are some options for our lower styles. Please make sure your orthotic is not too thick at the heel, so you don’t lift your heel out of the shoe while you walk. Orthotics with arch support are not recommended. If you want to use a cushioning or gel insert, please use a few spots of super to keep the insert in place, or it will slide under your feet and potentially stretch the heel of the shoes. Make sure that you cut them down to smaller than the size of the Medieval Moccasins’ soles so that the inserts, which can also stretch out the heel of the shoes.

Do NOT order a size larger just to accommodate an insert.

What kind of soles do you use?

Our soles are minimalist and flexible, letting you feel the ground beneath your feet! The sole is made from Neoprene rubber, designed for years of hard wear. The standard sole is black and 3/8″ thick; white soles are available as a custom option for an extra charge. Our shoes can last decades with care, and can even be re-soled if they are wearing through.

We usually discourage making the soles out of leather, because it reduces their longevity and gives very little traction. If you still decide to choose a leather sole, we recommend wearing them with caution and keeping them as indoor shoes only. Shoes with leather soles cannot be resoled.

We also offer the luxurious cushioned Vibram brand soles for an extra $30 and a white Vibram for $35; more information can be found on our Vibram FAQ page here.

What are Vibram Soles?

Our Vibram® brand soling option is a super cushy, comfortable, and flexible option for those who want to walk on air! While our standard soles are lightweight and flexible enough to be folded in half lengthwise, the Vibrams take it to another level. They can be rolled into a circle, made to do “the wave,” and even be folded widthwise. Their exceptional comfort is perfect for all day wear, in any style from sandals to boots!

Vibrams have an extra fee of $30 (nonrefundable in returns and exchanges). We also offer a white Vibram sole for $35. They are 3/8″ thick and made from neoprene crepe rubber, just like our standard soling.