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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. There …

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 but …