1580s – 90s Pumpes

September 5th, 2016

A birthday present for the wonderful Haley Z. Typical welted construction, though on this pair, I tucked in the insole almost a quarter of an inch all the way around. This has the benefit of tucking the outsole closer under the shoe, almost in line with the shoe edge, like in many of the portraits. You’ll also notice some unfortunate grinning along the welt seam – this is due to an experimental set of new threads that will be relegated to outsole stitching from this point on. Apologies for the poor picture!

Lovely Little Viking Shoes, 9th-10th C.

August 30th, 2016

I have been meaning to make a pair of viking shoes for the muse, the inspiration closest to my heart, Miss Sarah L. I also have the good fortune to present these in context, on the feet of the recipient as well! I dare say that they make the photo that much more compelling. In any event, these are out of Goubitz, 9th-10th C., from Vlaardingen. This type of decoration was very common on several examples, and there is a similar piece from Gdansk, Poland. This particular piece even had some remnant threads remaining in the leather.

The extant piece is actually a fragment, but with sufficient detail to render a model for us.
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Europe Part I: London, Oxford, Northampton

August 10th, 2016

I’m a bit behind on posting about my recent travels to Europe, but I hope that the scope and content of this do end up making up for it. My original plan was to visit four museums, both the V&A and Museum of London, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and the Northampton Museum. Unfortunately, the MoL was unable to accommodate my visit due to a last minute project, but I still was able to get in quite a bit of work. Unfortunately, I’m unable to post/publish my photos of the work specifically, as I had promised that I would not publish them in any real way, but I don’t think that the Ashmolean will object to me posting a selfie of myself with a shoe that I’d been lusting to see for many years. =) This is the 1600s shoe after which the “Stratfords” were designed.

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Medieval / Early Renaissance “Mary Jane”

August 3rd, 2016

A fun little pair, blue edge binding, turn-welt construction. The commission request from the lovely Miss K was one for a strapped shoe flexible for use in multiple centuries, but with a double-sole to help protect and insulate from rocks and whatnot. The results, as you can see, are pleasantly below.