When most people start in the SCA they go out and get a tunic or
maybe a periodish shirt and a pair of tights…and invariably sneakers or a pair of plain brown leather shoes. After this they may find some outfits closer to period, a hat and some accessories, but still the modern shoes remain. This is most likely due in part to modern shoes being comfortable, but mostly it’s because shoes are hard to make for people so inclined and therefore expensive for those not interested in making them. If this is true for the modern Scadian, was it true for our ancestors? The answer is, well not always. It “turns out” that when carefully constructed sturdy shoes were out of reach medieval peoples often knew that something was better than nothing. This brings us to what that something was…in this case, untanned hide shoes from Ireland.