Walk around a renaissance
festival sometime, somewhere, and notice the feet of
the people around you. The costume can be lavish, expensive, beautiful as
you work your way from the person's face down their clothing to the ground.
If the costume is going to be deficient in some area, it's going to be in the footwear department almost every time, and that's too bad. Many of my colleagues agree with me: there are two ways to spot a costumed patron (called in some places 'participatrons'; in others, 'playtrons'):
Of course, let me tell you what's going to happen. Somebody's going to show up with a picture of me from my first year wearing china doll shoes. I admit (painfully) that I did that. It should be noted however that it took me all of two weekends to get rid of them (a broken toe helped the decision - that's the painful part).
So, there's this page. This is going to be one of the few How-To pages featured here: I'm going to break down the process of building boots/shoes step by step, so you can follow the pages as you work. I would recommend that you read them through at least once before you begin work.