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

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 …

Buy This Book No.3: Shoes and Pat­tens

This is anoth­er must-have book for the medi­ev­al reen­act­or and his­tor­ic shoe­maker. Shoes and Pat­tens is the sem­in­al work on medi­ev­al foot­wear in Eng­lish. Pub­lished in the 1980s some of the research has been super­seded by sub­sequent pub­lic­a­tions such as Step­ping Through Time, but it remains an immensely use­ful and access­ible …

Buy This Book No.2: Step­ping Through Time

In my opin­ion this is the most sig­ni­fic­ant Eng­l­ish-lan­guage book on his­tor­ic foot­wear to be pub­lished in the 20th cen­tury. The bulk of the book is by Olaf Goubitz who lit­er­ally inven­ted the sys­tem of record­ing archae­olo­gic­al leath­er and foot­wear used today. Every­one with an interest in his­tor­ic foot­wear and …

Picture of the book 'Art of The Shoemaker'

Buy This Book No.1: The Art of The Shoe­maker

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 …

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