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Lesson 12: 1550s Spanish Chopines and Shoes (Cork)

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Let me start this off by saying that I’ve wanted to make a pair of these chopines for a long time. However, the construction (and the outsole in particular) has daunted me so, not to mention that I’ve never had a request, so they remained on the list to tackle at some point. Leave it to Amanda L.P. to give me one heck of a challenge. The shoes are just a simple pair of turn-shoes, although sewing such lightweight leather proved more of a challenge than expected. The chopines are bulk cork, surrounded with velvet and with silk ribbons for laces.

This pair took longer than expected, through trials and tribulations, through sewing and re-sewing (none of which you will see here, of course!), and with some helpful hand-holding by Dr. Volken. In the end, I can say that I’m reasonably pleased with these, though if you squint your eyes, they do look a bit like a pair of shoes that a bad movie rendition of Frankenstein’s monster might have worn, all dolled up with velvet and silk, of course…perhaps his bride. 😉

You simply have to see how these things were created. Grab some coffee, tea, or a cocktail, and follow along with me, as I give you the whole story.
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Lesson 11: Mid 16th C. Mules (Cork)

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

I just posted a new Lesson on Mid 16th C. Mules (Cork). This was a fun project, and I enjoyed the clean lines of the heel and the outsole. Enjoy!

Lesson #10 – Early 16th C. Cow Mouth Shoes, or Kuhmaulschuh

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
I just posted a new Lesson on Early 16th C. Cow Mouth Shoes, or Kuhmaulschuh. The tricky thing about these shoes is handling the “knob” type of construction at the tip of the toe. Enjoy!

Lesson #9: 1580s Cork Wedges

Thursday, August 18th, 2011
I just posted a new Lesson on Late 16th C. Wedges (Cork). This lesson is based upon some engravings done in the late 16th C. of corked shoes which have a bit of a wedge heel.

These shoes have a carved cork interior acting as the wedge, and an extended rand which envelopes the cork wedge (often referred to as “envelope” construction). Enjoy!