Some of the Heritage Shoe makers work in progress.

The original shoe finds at Vindolanda have a wide variety of hobnail patterns. These look

decorative, but also support the pressure points of the foot.

Vindolanda fort excavations have produced over 6000 shoes, above is one of the wonderful designs that the Shoe making group have replicated. 

The Heritage Shoe making group, founded October 2015, is celebrating the success of

our Experimental Archaeology test.  We made replicas of over 30 pairs of shoes, boots and sandals found at Vindolanda Fort (Northumberland, UK).

The footwear was then tested out by the Young Archaeology Club during our Hadrians Wall walk on the 11th of June 2016.

Despite wet conditions, the footwear and the children did really well.  We have taken before and after pictures of all the footwear, and are now analyzing our results. 

The group is on summer break until September 2016, if you would like to come along and have a go, we meet in Morningside, Edinburgh.

If you would like to find out more, or to sign up, please email