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10th Century Scandinavian Turnshoe with Recycled Rubber Soles


  • Warren Wilson College 817 Warren Wilson Road Swannanoa, NC, 28778 United States (map)

The Scandinavian Turn Shoe is a 10th century style shoe with a thin leather sole similar to a moccasin. I often refer to this style as my “hiking slippers” due to their excellent ability to allow me to feel the ground beneath my feet and their Great traction on rocks. They are my most comfortable shoes. This shoe style is made inside out and then turned right-side-out so that the stitching ends up on the inside. The upper can be made in many styles such as the traditional flap and button, a more modern lace up style, or a no-flap slipper. The sole is a mixture of recycled rubber powder and rubber cement which is pasted on the shoe in whatever thickness you desire. This allows you to indefinitely add more rubber as the old rubber wears away. The upper is made of rugged Bison leather and if taken care of can last a lifetime. This class is four 8 hour days with sewing homework on the 3rd day. Only hand tools are used in the making of this style of shoe.

Workshop cost $480, Materials fee $90