Proper footware makes or breaks your renaissance costume. Those in the renaissance festival culture call their costumes “garb.” This guide will help you find pirate boots for the renaissance festival. If you’ve spent a lot of time, effort, and even money in your outfit, do yourself a favor and invest in the right boots to finish your look with proper footware. Sneakers stick out, and your look will be off. If you are looking for pirate jewelry and accessories, check out these suggestions.
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Caribbean Pirate Costume Boot
This boot (affiliate link) is well rated on Amazon and will get you a Captain Jack look, if that’s what you are going for. The boot has cushioning inside, which helps long days on your feet at faire, but it can’t hurt to add an extra insole. I often do this with my own faire boots. The buckles are not adjustable, so be forewarned.
This boot (affiliate link) is has a nice brown color with a great distressed look. Pirates worked so I like boots that look like they have seen some action instead of being to pristine. The boots zip up. These come only in Small, Medium, and Large, so be careful to select the right size for your feet.
Son of Sandlar
Son of Sandlar is where I bought my own boots. They were true to size for me. Some days I use insoles and other days I do not. Son of Sandlar boots are pretty water resistant. It takes a lot of water or a deep puddle for water to get inside. I’ve had my boots for years and years and they have lasted and should be fine for many more years. I should oil the leather and polish them, but, I don’t do anything to them. Every once in a while, one of the conchos comes off even though I tighten them up before every wear. If you don’t have a Son of Sandlar handy, I recommend buying a few extra when you purchase your boots so you will have a spare
I always use Dr. Scholl’s insoles for my pirate boots. Buy the size closest to your shoe size. They are easy to cut to the size of your shoe, but I recommend going a little bit at a time so you don’t cut off too much.
Sewing Your Own Garb
If you’re interested in sewing your own garb, check out these patterns to sew your own. If you aren’t the DIY type, you can check out this guide to dressing like a pirate, now that you’ve got your footware settled.