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Getting Started: Basic Tools and Materials

In these “Getting Started” posts I want to lay out the materials, tools and information you need to build your first pair of shoes. As you move on to building more detailed shoes or shoes built with more period techniques there are more things you will need, but these can …

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 …

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 …

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