Shoes: modern shoe styles passable as historically correct?

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  1. Feb 11, 2020 #41

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    I'd sure love to see the documentation to support the idea that shoes weren't sold in pairs. That's about a fine of a tale as Washington's cherry tree. Lachet shoes were still popular into the early 19th c. James Monroe sure liked the older style as did Madison. I've never seen a likeness of John Marshall wearing a buckled shoe, but Jefferson had both. While the French revolution did effect fashion taste, as you can see in any public place, it's not universal.
     
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    There were a series of books written for tweens and teens when I was growing up all about colonial life from founding till about the WBTS. They were long on illustrations but full of a lot of neat info, I wish I would recall the name. One was about a river crossing that became a ferry an inn a little town grew up around it and finally a market town developing there. Another about long hunters and early settlers, the building of a fort, then farms and on to town. They were all full of coopers, and wainwright, boat building, barn raising, making lumber, gun smithing, leather making and so on showing how the jobs were done. Like how to square a been or put a bent together and raise it. How a silversmith worked or glass blower.
    The last I heard it was in a you tube vid by Wormsloe SHS by Tim Simpson and James Sheffield discussing colonial clothing.
    I know a memory of a factoid I learned fifty years ago IS NOT a reliable source especially since I can’t even point to the book. So it could be a myth, but at least I can point to others that ‘knew’ it. I don’t know how hard it would be to find info on it.
     
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    Bespoke shoes are made to
    Hopefully someone will chime in with that.
     
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    Sounds neat! Let us know when you ID it!
     
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    Books written by Edwin Tunis in the 50s and 60s he wrote colonial crafts man, colonial living, frontier living, indians, the tavern at the ferry, weapons,wheels, the young United States. I couldn’t tell you which one it was, I had one of them checked out of the school library all the time. Read one, go to the next, then start all over when done.
     
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    I Wear RX orthotics and have had 5 surgeries in my feet. All of my "Period" shoes are modern. I tried a pair of period correct shoes and with the straight lass, I should have went bare footed as It would have been more comfortable
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    I wanted to add that I have hearing aids and wear them with no problems. For reading glasses I did get a pair of the 2x readers from Townsend's.
     
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    Unless one is in a period-correct major movie, people won't be microscoping footwear that much, anyway. You're having a good time, making a real effort, and bringing a bit of history alive. That's what counts! Good re-enacting!
     
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    I really like these tan ones
     
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    They are Clark Desert Boots with Real mink oil rubbed in to help them shed water.
     
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    It was considered “low” to ware brown shoes then. Sometimes called slave shoes. And even slaves are known to have blackened their shoes.
    I do have brown high lows. But I’ve been known to congregate in low places and unseemly company.
     
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    Just received a pair of Clark Bushacre boots to see if they were any more comfortable than my brogans. Maybe with a little breaking in they will be. Here they are compared to the brogans 20200219_105509.jpg 20200219_105546.jpg
     
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    I have friends in low places and keep bad company, have we met?
     
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    Livin’ the low life....
     
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    looks like old Navy "Boondockers" would work.
     
  16. Feb 20, 2020 at 5:25 PM #56

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    Having some personal experience with both Navy "boondockers" and period buckle shoes, the "boondockers" would at best be a first attempt at an impression. Eyelets, thick modern soles and "Mickey Mouse" toes are giveaways. Still no worse than the "moccasins" that I wore to a few rondys.
     

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