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Souliers de Boeuf

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Souliers de boeuf

Souliers de boeuf are oxhide or "beef" shoes, made from sturdy leather that are formed around a wooden last.  These shoes were made popular in New World by the French inhabitants and worn on the midwest frontier.  During the French and Indian War, one contemporary source, Lieutenant d'Aleyrac described them in his Aventures militaires au XVIIIe siècle as "oxhide shoes are made in a completely different manner than the French leather shoes, they have a sole as thin as the top which envelops all the foot at the height of the quarters; then, on this piece of leather, one sews a smaller piece of leather covering the top of the foot; this style is most convenient to walk in the woods and in the mountains." They do not have any system of closure--no buckle or ties--but stay on the foot due to the tightness of the fit and the length of the top which extends to the ankle and curls upward to help form a tighter fit. 

Our repro souliers de boeuf are hand sewn and made from oxhide in the same manner as the originals.  We try to keep as many sizes as possible in stock.  If your size is currently not in stock, a wait of approximately 12 weeks may be necessary, due to the maker having other projects lined up for mid-September through October.  Feel free to email me at to inquire about your size if you require a rush orders.


SIZING - please be sure to order your dress shoe size and not your running or tennis shoe size.  If your size is in between, size down.  If your foot is narrow, size down.  




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  • 4

    Posted by Adam Daub on 16th Jun 2023

    These are great Mocs woulda been 5 stars but they ran to big. But I can deal with it

  • 5

    Posted by Rick on 9th Jun 2021

    Very well made, great customer service

  • 5
    Souliers de Boeuf

    Posted by Jeff Waterman on 21st Oct 2020

    Perfectly designed footware -- simple and effective. I'll probably buy another pair this winter so as to have a pair in the house and a reenacting pair.

  • 5
    Souliers De Boeuf

    Posted by Jason F. on 20th Oct 2020

    Well made, good fit. Overall very nice shoes for reenacting.

  • 5
    Beautifully done.

    Posted by Dominic Winslow on 20th Oct 2020

    These are wonderful examples of the "ox hide shoes" that show up in many accounts of New France. The workmanship is lovely, and the quality is great.

  • 5
    Great product

    Posted by Michael on 13th Oct 2020

    Fit great, very well made. Exactly what I wanted from a pair of reproduction souliers.

  • 5

    Posted by William Soule on 3rd Oct 2020

    Gateway shoe for French Milice. Well made and correct.

  • 5
    Souliers de bouef

    Posted by Jim L on 30th Aug 2020

    Well made!

  • 5

    Posted by Paul on 28th Aug 2020

    While they took a few days to break in, they are very sturdy, very comfortable, and VERY historically accurate!

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