Most shoes were ankle height, although there are a few examples of higher boots. A pair of calf-high reproduction boots are shown to the right, which use the same kind of toggle closure as the shoe shown above. In addition, the saga literature mentions high shoes. In chapter 9 of Hávarðar saga Ísfirðing, Valbrand's sons took off their high shoes while they raked hay.
The shoes shown above left are a copy of a pair found in York in England. They are a bit more elaborate than some, and use toggles, rather than laces, for closing the shoe. Two toggles are shown to the right, the top one fastened, and the bottom one loose. The shoe toggles are easily adjustable, so that one can adjust the snugness of the shoe as the leather stretches.