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Jels: Nordic Bronze Age Handmade Leather Shoe

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These shoes are based on a pair that was found in an oak log coffin at a burial site at Jels, in the Jutland peninsula of southern Denmark. They are dated to the Late Nordic Bronze Age (about 1000-500BC), though quite similar shoes were manufactured until the introduction of Roman stylistic elements and new construction methods during the Early Iron Age. As was fairly typical of Early Northern European footwear, these shoes are each made from one piece of relatively thick yet still supple leather.

The shoes pictured here are a Women’s 8. I can produce them in sizes ranging from a women's 6 to a men's 13 in a durable though soft cowhide. They come standard with a single layer leather sole, just as did the originals, though I will add a 3mm leather insole upon request. To ensure a good fit, I will need a measurement of your foot length from the tip of your big toe to the back of your heel, plus a measurement of the circumference of your foot taken at the top of the instep, just at the point where the foot meets the ankle.

While I have attempted to process orders within about one week in the past and will continue to do so, I am periodically inundated with orders and so am now going to make it my general policy to have shoes finished and in the mail within three weeks of the order having been placed.
If you need to have your shoes in a more timely fashion, please do let me know. I'm usually a pretty accommodating person.

Jels: Nordic Bronze Age Handmade Leather Shoe


  • Handmade item
  • Material: Leather
  • Made to order
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