The Shoe Quest...

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Re: The Shoe Quest...

Postby oleg on Tue May 06, 2008 3:23 pm

Beathan and I tried to make something similar to the Lukas Type 1. Will post some pics soon.

Again, thanks to Billy for sharing original article.
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Re: The Shoe Quest...

Postby Cathal on Tue May 06, 2008 4:35 pm

Excellent stuff, Billy! Thanks!!!

If I find some free time I'll try to build a paper model, just to feed my curiosity........
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Re: The Shoe Quest...

Postby oleg on Tue May 06, 2008 8:23 pm

For my current kit I use something like this:
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But it's not good because of leather thickness, leather is not enough thick. Second version is coming :) .
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Re: The Shoe Quest...

Postby Andrea L Redden on Tue May 06, 2008 10:13 pm

Hello Cathel!

I used to use vinyl with an integral cloth backing rather than paper for doing shoe patterns. You can then stick it together with that cloth tape that sticks anything to anything and see if you can get it on and off. It has flex a bit like leather too so you can walk around in it as well to check the fit.

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Re: The Shoe Quest...

Postby brendan on Wed May 07, 2008 12:36 pm

I agree that paper is not a good substitute for making patterns.
I usually try the technique of creating a bandage of masking tape wrapped around cloth, marking the cutting lines on the foot and then cutting out. Tricky but it works...kind of. Usually requires some adjustment

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Re: The Shoe Quest...

Postby Andrea L Redden on Wed May 07, 2008 2:41 pm

That's the method I've used for the last couple. Wrap the foot lightly in cling wrap then cover with at least 2 layers of masking tape. In the progress of writing an article for our club magazine about it at the moment. You need to do locator marks along the sole upper seam before you cut it off too so you gather in the right places. Here's a pair of later period shoes I made for James recently using that method. They fit like socks.

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Re: The Shoe Quest...

Postby Andrea L Redden on Mon May 12, 2008 2:01 am

One thing I forgot to mention; Daire also said that the 10th century and earlier composite shoes had that characteristic heel with the pointed back. The 11th century ones didn't.

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Re: The Shoe Quest...

Postby Aislinn on Mon May 26, 2008 12:34 pm

the_power wrote: Does anyone know if there are photos/drawings of the Annaholty 12thC shoe floating around ?
http://www.nra.ie/Archaeology/Seanda-NRAArchaeologyMagazine/file,11163,en.pdf scroll to page 47. The article suggests that it may be 10th-12th century. It looks very like the photo Stefan posted at the start of the thread.
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Re: The Shoe Quest...

Postby Hinny Annie on Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:33 pm

have a look here www.np-historicalshoes.com they are fab and can make anything you want.
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Re: The Shoe Quest...

Postby Cathal on Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:17 pm

Hi there,

I got an interesting link today. Click http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/shoe/SLIST2.HTM for plenty nice shoe construction plans.

http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/shoe/SHOEHOME.HTM and the main page of this guy, http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/ seem also to be worth a visit.

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