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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. …

The Care and Feeding of Shoes

While I’m still working up content relating to the actual construction of period shoes I thought I’d touch on the subject of looking after them. To some extent these instructions apply to other types of leather goods as well. This all applies more to vegetable-tanned leather than to chrome-tanned leather …