Component Entry, Unisex

Shoe, slip-on punched turn shoe 1

TitleShoe, slip-on punched turn shoe 1
Entry #GGC2022.019
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. They are sewn inside out and then turned right side out, thus the common name of turn shoes.  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. 

Inspiration Images

Common Materials

  • Fabrics:
    • Leather
  • Ornamentation:

Effective Substitutions

  • Fabrics:
    • chrome tanned leather doesn’t shape and form that way oak tan/veg tan leather will.

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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