Hi Brendan, thank you for your input.
You say - "the next pair I make. My last pair have sort of fallen apart" I assume you are referring to LT2's. Please show some images to contribute to the topic.
Google - Poulaine or Crakow shoe - It wasn't monks that were wearing these pointy shoes - it was young men in the towns and cities. The church ban was progressive and ended up with measurements for each social class with regard to toe length... Nobles became exempt.
"William II, introduced a fashion for pointed shoes which remained popular and became more exaggerated over the next 300 years. These long toed shoes, called poulaines or Crackowe shoes, were fashionable for men and lengths for these shoes were eventually legislated by sumptuary laws. Young men would stuff wool and moss into the pointed extensions to keep them erect and soon the style began to include chains that attached to the knee in order to prevent tripping. It was at this point that the vulgar trend of painting these extensions in a flesh color began, and a favorite pastime of the younger crowd was to stand on the street and wiggle their feet suggestively at any young lady who happened by.
The Roman Catholic Church was shocked by the obscenity of the poulaines and banned them on the pretext that men could not kneel to pray while wearing them. The majority of the population ignored the Church's edict , though university professors were banned from wearing them. Then in 1347, at the height of the Black Plague, clergy named the Plague as God's revenge for wearing poulaines. Still, the style prevailed until the length of the shoes was legislated to denote a person's social status. Pointed shoes were prohibited to anyone who did not have an income of at least 40 pounds per year (the average income of most peasants at the time was from 12-20 shillings). A commoner was permitted no more than 6 inches, a bourgeois landowner could have points no longer than 12 inches, a knight could have up to 18 inches, barons were allowed up to 24 inches, and princes and kings could wear any length they liked. In 1367 Pope Urban V banned commoners from wearing pointed shoes by threatening excommunication or even death for the lowest classes of society, but he turned a blind eye to the nobility which gave them free license to wear the poulaine. The fashion or pointed shoes reached a peak around 1460 when Edward IV created a law prohibiting shoemakers from making shoes with more than two inch extensions for "underprivileged" people. The fashion finally died out a few years later in part because of two events: Duke Leopold II of Austria died because his long, pointed shoes prevented him from escaping assassins, and King Charles VIII of France had six toes on each foot, requiring him to wear broad square-toed shoes. Fashion follows the ruling class and so fashion changed to follow Charles the VIII." http://www.sneakerhead.com/shoe-history-p2.html
It would be great to see a few pictures of your LT2s as it would contribute to the ongoing research