• Introduction    
  • Tools and Supplies    
  • Sewing Notes    
  • Safety Notes    
  • Material Selection    
  • Getting the Pattern    
  • From Duct Tape 
    to Cardboard
  • Pattern Adjustments   
  • Cutting out the Pieces   
  • Preparing the Sole   
  • Starting Construction   
  • Assembling The Back   
  • Applying The Lacing Blocks   
  • Making Buttons   
  • Attaching the back to 
    the front
  • Cementing the Upper 
    to the Sole
  • Sewing the Upper 
    to the Sole
  • Attaching the Rubber Sole   
  • Sewing on the Buttons   
  • Lacing Up   
  • Glossary 
  • Design Home   
  • 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'):

    1. Eyeglasses
    2. his/er choice of shoes
    I'm not talking about the patrons who throw on a felt Robin Hood Hat© and a cape over their Jeans and NIN t-shirt, or the ones who define medieval by wearing a hooded cloak in August. I'm talking about patrons who really put some money and research into their upperbody clothing and then wear 'china doll' shoes. Or worse, bedroom slippers!

    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.


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