It’s been a long time since I wrote anything new. But at least I was productive when it came to making shoes. Some of them have left my workshop during the last months and I would like to show them here.
This recreation is based on a preserved original in terms of cut, material and workmanship. Like the original, the upper is made of vegetable tanned goat leather and the vamp of vegetable tanned cowhide. In addition, a heel reinforcement was sewn in.
The description of the find still refers to an insole. This probably meant a second insole as found on some finds, for example in Schleswig3. This was not implemented in this copy. Instead, another sole was sewn on the outside of the heel. Such patches can be found in almost all larger finds. In the finds of Altenberg4 such reinforcements can also be found on new shoes, where they probably served as additional protection for the miners.
Since these boots are intended for riding and stable work, they were greased a total of 8 times until the leather no longer absorbs anything. In its current state, it can be kept under running water without the leather absorbing water. More critical is the area of the seams. Here I hope that the special edge cutting helps to make the seams tight enough. I am looking forward to the experiences of the owner.
In the original the back quarter was made of a different coloured leather (same kind as the tongue). However, the decision was made for a somewhat simpler design, as with the find from Constance.
This pairis intended for honorary “sister-in-law of the Countess”. Display period is 1480.
Upper leather is reddish brown vegetable-tanned cowhide. The tongue, top band and laces are made of vegetable tanned goat leather. The tongue is attached to the inside of the upper leather by stitching. Heel reinforcement is mandatory. The toes are rounded and slightly wider.
In the picture you can still see the strips that I have carved from two pieces of wood scraps glued together. On the right one the wood broke out a little during the carving and the slats had to be topped up with some glued leather.
All shoes can also be found in my gallery.
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