Anyone interested in making late period shoes needs a copy of this book. It is Al Saguto’s translation of Garsault’s 1767 Art du Cordonnier including extensive notes. It is THE book on 18th century shoemaking and the techniques it describes are useful back to 16th century shoemaking as well.
As the page says:
“No work about shoemaking and footwear is more significant than Art of the Shoemaker: An Annotated Translation.… This book is a fascinating look into the lives and production of eighteenth-century shoemakers and their trade’s prominent place in western civilization.”
Edward Maeder, Curator of Textiles, Historic Deerfield
It’s not even terribly expensive for such an amazing reference. Buying it from the Williamsburg Foundation supports the incredible work they’re doing and the functional craft ecosystem at work at Colonial Williamsburg.
Buy the book here. I get nothing for referring people, I just think it’s a great book.