Buy This Book No. 4: Archae­olo­gic­al Foot­wear: Devel­op­ment of Shoe Pat­terns and Styles from Pre­his­tory til the 1600’s

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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.

http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/archaeological-footwear.html

 

 

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