Marquita Volken is the shoemaker shown in this video making waxed ends. She and her husband Serge run the Gentle Craft Shoe Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. They are first-rate academics as well as highly skilled cordwainers, and are among the world’s top experts on European historic footwear.
All this makes the publication of Marquita Volken’s book Archaeological Footwear: Development of Shoe Patterns and Styles from Prehistory til the 1600’s the most exciting thing to have happened in my shoemaking world for several years.
My copy arrived today, and I have spent half an hour or so browsing through it and based on that I confidently say that if you make reproduction shoes you need this book. The pattern and style analysis is unlike anything that has been published in English to date.
Go and buy it. If you don’t have £55 to buy it right now, save up and then buy it. I bought mine from Oxbow Books, who are my go-to supplier for historical and academic books. They’re a specialist provider and massively less evil than Amazon. I have no other association with them.