SCA fighter’s boot

Posted on June 2, 2016 By

An SCA heavy weapons fighter requested a heavy boot that would hold up for more than one season and that had good ankle support. We built this boot with a reinforced toe, adjustable strap for ankle support and a custom arch support to take the pounding he gives his boots. Since these were to be…


New shoes for the Renaissance Faire

Posted on January 27, 2015 By

Richard contacted us for a slipper to finish off his new costume and chose parts from several shoes that we had already made. We merged the parts and came up with this slipper. They go beautifully with the fantastic costume that Richard had made and we are thrilled to be part of his work.


Medieval Hiking Boots

Posted on July 10, 2014 By

We had an unusual request  – a pair of Medieval styled yeoman boots that would be used to hike the mountains in Spain during a vacation. That means heavy soles and serious comfort. To make it possible to adjust the ankle if necessary we added a panel with a buckle and strap inspired by an…


Another New Shoe Designer

Posted on March 29, 2014 By

Two years ago we made a pair of whimsical purple and silver demi-boots for a young lady I met at the Great Western War. Last year her sister came with the same request, but for a pair of riding boots that she could wear for SCA events. We did a bi-color boot with a suede…


16th Century Woman’s Slipper

Posted on March 29, 2012 By

We were asked for a middle class slipper for a Renaissance fair merchant that would be comfortable at the outdoor event that she worked. She wanted a modified Mary Jane with the tongue and high sides to keep the dirt out of her shoes. To keep the strap from working it’s way under the tongue…


New Shoe Designer

Posted on February 23, 2012 By

A very nice young lady stopped at my booth at the Great Western War last October and quizzed me about my footwear. We had a nice chat and she went on her way. Early in December, I received a call from her mother asking if I would make her daughter’s design. She had used one…


Hessian Boots for the Old Globe

Posted on January 23, 2012 By

We were given this sketch to use to create the military boots for the Old Globe’s summer season. To make them more versatile we were asked to design a way to add a tassel as needed for what ever production they might be used for in the future. We created a channel at the tip…


Boots for Star Wars Bounty Hunter

Posted on November 13, 2011 By

We just finished a translation of the Bouchh boots for a customer who dresses as Princess Leia. Finding a good 360 degree view proved to be a challenge. We knew that the base boot was a popular boots worn at the time but the shin piece that was worn over it was harder to figure…


1920s Slipper Finished

Posted on December 30, 2010 By

Finished. delivered and road tested. Or actually dance tested. The flapper dance slipper that we had commissioned late summer was finished and delivered in time for all the holiday parties. The challenge was to re-create the period heel and mold it. It took numerous tried to get just the right angle that would mesh with…


18th Century Riding Boots

Posted on July 5, 2010 By

The Old Globe Theater commissioned footwear from us for their summer Shakespeare Festival. They had imported a director from the Royal Shakespeare Company in England with his costume mistress for the shows which gave us a bad case of nerves. It was really interesting and a little intimidating. to get to work with someone who…


Turkish Slipper for Yale Production

Posted on March 12, 2010 By

Panatlone, one of the characters in Yale University’s spring production is  middle eastern inspired. The shoe was to be a pointed slipper with a gentle upward swoop. Good in theory but not in execution. The result of adding the point to the front of a man’s shoe would have looked better coming out of a…


Taking Care of your Period Footwear

Posted on January 25, 2010 By

I’m always surprised when someone asks how to take care of their new boots and slippers. We use the same kind of materials that any good shoe manufacturer uses. So: Polish with a good quality wax or cream polish and buff. If you have an unusual color, a neutral color wax will give the shoe…


Thoughts about Designing Medieval and Renaissance Shoes

Posted on November 11, 2009 By

Making the assumption that the footwear that has survived to become part of museum collections may be because it didn’t fit well, wasn’t a favorite pair, didn’t look like the wearer wanted, in short was a dog left sitting at the bottom of a closet, I feel that one could get creative about the detailing…