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Ana­lys­ing a Foot­wear Style

This is a sec­tion of an art­icle I wrote to go with a class I was asked to teach on an over­view of peri­od shoes. The actu­al art­icle isn’t fin­ished yet because I’m clin­ic­ally incap­able of being con­cise, but this sec­tion is amen­able to being chopped out and pas­ted in here. Ana­lys­ing a Foot­wear Style­When …

Prac­tice!

At the time I’m writ­ing this I’ve made five com­plete pairs of shoes (and a couple of com­pletely writ­ten off attempts). The second shoe of the latest pair was the first one I have looked at and thought of as a com­pet­ent piece of appren­tice level work where all the basic tech­niques were …

Expect­a­tions on Start­ing Out Mak­ing Shoes

The thing I say to people con­tem­plat­ing their first pair of shoes is that all they need to do is go on your feet and last long enough for you to make your second pair. It doesn’t mat­ter if they’ve got things wrong with them. A pair of peri­od shoes that didn’t …

New toy

Last wood turn­ing class was tonight. I ori­gin­ally went so I could learn how to turn to make the hilt for a bol­lock dag­ger I’m build­ing. I didn’t end up get­ting the hilt done for vari­ous reas­ons but in the lathe time I did get tonight I turned up this: It’s an awl haft, based on …

Down at the heel for lack of a shoe­horn

He bequeythed to his sone Tome Hys chaspy and his schoyng horne With pyr­dowy.” From the Lystyne Lordys Vera­ment, c.1475–1500. See Marc Carlson’s trans­la­tion and com­ment­ary That pas­sage is inter­est­ing in what it tells us about how shoes fit at that time. You don’t need a shoe­horn for loose shoes. There …

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