Archive for September, 2012

16th C. Children’s Shoes!

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

I have to preface this by saying that these are *children’s* shoes, and all the photographs are of said child wearing them. =) My thanks and copyrights on all of these images to Jeremy Tavan, 2012. I had promised the lovely mother of the young Master C. a pair of shoes for the young gentleman, and I was delighted to be able to finish them within just a short time frame (two days). That included taking measurements for other shoes, chatting with passers-by, and talking about historical shoes at the Much Ado About Sebastopol Renaissance Faire.

Astute observers might note that the grain on this leather seems a bit pronounced – indeed, that is because I had neglected to bring appropriate upper leather, and a lady at the faire was kind enough to provide me with some leather that, although not perfect, did the job quite well. The leather was chrome tanned, so it did not retain the shape of the last as well as it might have were it vegetable tanned, but I really did want to see these complete.

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1560s Shoes for the Ruffiano!

Sunday, September 16th, 2012
A new pair for the Ruffiano! A ruffiano (or roffiano) is a bawde, a ruffian, a swaggerer, a swashbucker (per Florio’s 1611 Italian dictionary). Also can be a…well…someone who protects certain lovely ladies who might happen to need protection =). Anyhow, these are your standard pair of welted 1560 shoes with no heel lifts, slashes and pinks, a whipped in heel-stiffener and wool sock.