Found in "Stepping Through Time" by Olaf Goubitz, Carol
van Driel-Murry and Willy Groenman-van Waateringe this is the
Landsknechts shoe worn by Swiss & German mercenaries.
became a fashion sensation and was worn all over Europe. The shoe
dates commonly from 1480 to 1540 during the late medieval period and
into the renaissance. Common names for this shoe are bear paw (if
the shoe was cut and slashed), cow mouth or cowmouth, Kuhmaul, and bear
paw shoe. This shoe is very similar to those worn by the Swiss
Guard at the Vatican. The Landsknecht shoe is also worn by Henry VIII in
The Landsknecht Shoe is constructed of 3 to 4 oz top-grain cowhide leather,
period reproduction brass
buckles based on finds listed in Dress Accessories by the British Museum, and
leather sole McKay stitched, which duplicates a period tunnel stitch, with no visible machine
The Landsknecht, is perfect for Middle Ages, living history,
historical reenactments groups, LARP, and the SCA.
Available for Men and Women, the Landsknecht shoe is available in
black for $75.