Mongol Boots!

Mongol Boots!

If you’ve been keeping up with things, you will know that Marc and I have been working on making a set of Mongol garb for me, so that I can start attending SCA events.  Well, one of the “missing pieces”, so to speak, were my boots.  Mongolians have very unique footwear, and it’s virtually impossible to get outside of Mongolia.

For Christmas, Marc managed to get me a pair of Mongolian boots, in the correct historical style (simpler, with toes that are still curved, but less so), all the way from Mongolia.  They’re handmade and they’re quite beautiful.  I’m wicked happy with them, and since they’re straight-last (no right or left), I’ve been wearing them to try and mold them to my feet, with some degree of success.  They’re made of heavy wool felt, suede, and fine calfskin, and are the warmest boots I have ever owned.

Here are some photos of my beloved new footwear:

New Mongolian Boots

The heels are square:

New Mongolian Boots

Profile:

New Mongolian Boots

The detailing is beautiful:

New Mongolian Boots

New Mongolian Boots

New Mongolian Boots

New Mongolian Boots

The upturned toe helps to keep your feet from slipping out of the stirrups.  The soles are very thick and very stiff, so the curve also allows your foot to roll as you walk.

New Mongolian Boots

New Mongolian Boots


9 Comments


  1. I have also heard that the upturned toe helps to keep warm air surrounding the toes and direct cold away. May I ask where he purchased them? I’d love a set. (much jealousy)

  2. That makes sense.

    He bought them via someone who has them custom made in Mongolia. I’ll ask him for the contact information for this person. Specifically, these are Buryat boots.

  3. Sweet boots. I own two pair. The first pair I got from Puppy at nycmongol.com. Wonderful boots. I fought in those things on every suirface from the meadows of pennsic to the deserts of estrella and they never ever failed me. My second pair I got direct from Mongolia and they are even more ornate and in my clans colors so I’m not allowed to fight in them. My khatun would be pissed and since they were a gift from her i wont :)

  4. Those mongol shoes have a “cow-boy” style :)

  5. I dont suppose you ever found the seller’s details?

    Having some of Puppy’s Guttal style ones, but with (inconculsive?) discussions back and forth on which is correct for 12th-13thC, i thought some Buryat ones would be good…

    Similarly, i cant see final pictures of your Deel anywhere – any chance on an update to that too?
    http://www.driftingfocus.com/blogs/?p=6127
    Happy travels with the TME!

  6. Hello everyone,

    Greatting from Mongolia. This is our Butriad style boots. I sell these boots to USA, Mary Ann Sulivan, she was in SCA group. Nice lady !! If you want these boots, and more infromationa bout these boots, please visit our store:
    http://nomadic-art.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=47
    This link is exact link to these boots.

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