A Simple Shoe for Non-Cobblers and Non-Leather Workers
Vincent De Vere V 1.1 2017
AKA Machine Sewn Shoes for Non-Cobblers
Introduction and Scope
The need for period looking functional shoes trips up many of our members and causes unnecessary stress for any number of our friends. Although it is my firm belief that footwear should be among the last concerns new members worry about, I still endeavor to provide strategies to ease this concern. The intention of this class is to provide members with a process to create a functional pair of period looking shoes for around $20 in materials. Its intended audience is not those who have great skill in leather working, or those who are pursuing the fun associated with the most period correct approach to leather working.
The production of footwear could be an enjoyable task for those of our ranks who enjoy cobbling and leather working. Others may simply wish for a simple solution to produce functional shoes within the reach of their financial means and skill level. The project that led to these patterns was to create a shoe that could be made by someone who has extremely limited leather working skills and a basic or rudimentary understanding of how to use a normal commercially available sewing machine.
In our group we often talk about the difference in wanting a period process (where the fun comes from making a thing) or a period product (where the fun comes from having the thing). In some of our A&S pursuits we simply want the result, not the experience. If you are wanting the period experience, this is the wrong class.
Very nice shoes can be obtained from some of our merchants. Some of our members may wish to pursue a more inexpensive option or simply one that they have made themselves. The shoes we have generated using this process generally fall around a $20 price point.
The patterns are generated easily using a sock and tape then transferring to paper. The design of the shoes can be modified to produce a variety of variations on a theme.
One of the greater advantages of this process is that before the hand stitching is begun, the fit of the shoe can be checked. After the shoe has been checked for fit, the hand stitching for strength is made easier by the fact that the shoes are in held in their final shape. This makes the production of a pair of matching shoes easier as well.
The full class document can be found here