consmiles wrote: I also say that neither Lucas nor the person who added the template sketch used that template to make a Lucas Type 2 shoe because it cannot work out. I made my own template and after many attempts I have the result as shown above. There is a left and a right cut, i.e. these shoes are handed. I will improve the template on the next pair. These are not turn shoes. That is to say they are not sown inside out and then turned outside in. I chose 2 ply nylon thread as linen thread often breaks when being pulled tight - even the 3 ply linen thread with beeswax breaks.
You do a very good job with re-enacting high quality higher class goods. You do a lot of things early medieval shoemakers could make, which I can't do with my current skills.
But you miss at least a couple of things you could learn from Lucas papers and other images to make your shoes as perfect as examples from museums.
1) Yes, the pattern "after Lucas" is not very good for reenactors today. Nobody knows size etc this pattern was made for. But it's still turnshoe - you may check examples from museums if you don't believe Lucas.
2) Zigzags on the upper seam means that it was not done "edge-to-edge". Is was sewn inside out, probably using running stitch. Example from the NMI has beveled edges to decrease thickness of leather and make the seam inside more flat.
3) Shoemakers at the period had wooden lasts. There were technologies like stretching of wet leather.
You do a very good job with your shoes and I believe that you can make perfect shoes, just like archaeological finds available. Just don't be stopped by "this is impossible".http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTQJXrTt7us