Ancient Gaelic Boots remade for today
The Gaelic Boot, Dublin's 1000 year boot is now available to buy 'off the shelf' in sizes from 5 to 10. Hand made by a Celtic Druid in the whest of Ireland and recreated to be worn in the current era. Full info with many pictures soon... Info / images on the artifact found in 1972 in the Wood Quay excavations in Dublin can be found in the ABOUT page. Click on the picture of the Gaelic Boot below to get more images and info.
Reclaiming Ireland’s Celtic Heritage
A long forgotten Celtic footwear style is now being given new life allowing everyone the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our Irish Celtic ancestors. These comfort fit dress shoes that I make have been inspired by and are based on artefacts in our museums that were hand made by skilled shoemakers from as far back as Ireland’s Late Bronze Age, approx 2500 years ago. After many years of focused research involving private visits to see the known archaeological finds of Irish Celtic Shoes in the museums in Dublin, Armagh, Belfast and London I now hand make 21st century versions of these shoes.
Focused in-depth study of the artefacts has allowed reverse engineering and then careful re-engineering honouring the unique pattern of a ‘single piece of leather upper’ that is a distinctly Irish Celtic design. Using only the very best materials I have, as a Celtic Druid, carefully hand crafted these ‘art pieces’ to be wearable cultural pride, so when you wear these Celtic Shoes; walk tall and walk gently as a noble Gael would.These dress shoes are particularly suitable for wearing at your Celtic Wedding.
The shoes shown here are based on The Lough Gara Shoe which was found on the lake bed beside a crannóg in Lough Gara on today's Sligo/Roscommon border not far from where we live. The Lough Gara shoe is dated to the late Bronze Age/ Early Iron Age, meaning the design I have used to make these shoes is based on an Irish Celtic shoe from 2,500 years ago. This connects the Milesians to the 21st Century! The images and video above show the finished shoes.