Sabatons (German “Eisenschuhe”, French “sollerets”, Italian “scarpe”) were introduced around the end of the XIII century. Before this part of armor was invented, the feet of medieval knights were covered with chainmail stockings. At some point, the front part of the foot was covered by a steel plate, affixed with a leather strap.
During the 1290s this steel plate was articulated. In the 1390s, poor soldiers still used leather shoes onto which were embroidered very small steel plates.
Beginning in the XIV century, the toecap of sabatons was pointed. Some examples were styled with a long “beak” (German “Schnabel”, French “à la poulaines”, Italian “scarpe a punta”). In the first half of the XVI century the toecap became broad, also known as “bear-paw” (German “Barenfusse”, French “pieds d’ours”).
Our Basic Sabatons consist of four articulated segments. The toecaps are pointed so this model of sabatons will suit XIV as well as XV century armor. There’s a leather point with holes on the top of the steel plate above the talus (ankle bone). Our Basic Sabatons are equipped with leather straps with steel buckles.
The most experiemnced HMB and IMCF buhurt sportsmen know that you shouldn’t neglect this small but essential part of your armor kit. There is abundant evidence that a damaged foot or even toe will prevent you from continuing the fight.
Our Basic Sabatons can be made from mild, stainless, or tempered steel, as well as titanium.
Please note that measurements should be with medieval boots.