Component Entry, Unisex

Shoe, punched simplified shoe 2

TitleShoe, punched simplified shoe 2
Entry #GGC2022.021
Alternate NamesShoe, turn shoe,
Year1300 CE
Time range1100 BCE – 1400 CE
MakerVincent De Vere,
ConfidenceExtant Examples


Slip on turn shoes with punched out decorations           


Low slip on shoes that are constructed from 2 pieces of leather. This simplified shoe construction doesn’t require the shoe to be turned inside out after constructing and it looks much like a turn shoe when worn. Shoes like these, in one form or another, have been used throughout the period covered by the SCA

This pair of shoes is decorated by having a pattern of holes punched into the leather before assembling the shoe.  Shoes decorated with punch decorations have survived dating back to Roman times. Sets of shaped punches can be purchased online for not much and the punching of the leather adds less than an hour to the total construction time. 

This simplified construction technique doesn’t actually produce a turn shoe and can produce a shoe much like the turn shoe and can use chrome tanned leather.

Inspiration Images

Common Materials

  • Fabrics:
    • Leather
  • Ornamentation:

Effective Substitutions

  • Fabrics:
    • This modification can work with chrome tanned leather. Oak tan/veg tan leather will work better.

Ensemble Components



Wolfmann, CC BY-SA 4.0 <;, via Wikimedia Commons

Stepping Through Time: Archaeological Footwear from Prehistoric Times until 1800, By Olaf Goubitz.  ISBN  9089320040 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9089320049

Source of Period PicWolfmann, CC BY-SA 4.0 <;, via Wikimedia Commons, Kulturhistorisk Museum, Oslo, Norway. Medieval Exhibition
PhotographerVincent De Vere

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