Walk through history in authentically made boots and shoes in the style and tradition of the great makers of the nineteenth century. Our shoes are totally authentic from our bark tanned leather to our square heel nails. Our patterns have been developed from dug artifacts, photographs, original specimens, period specifications and trade journals.
And our boots and shoes are amazingly comfortable and durable. Our customers wear their boots and shoes to re-enactments and rendezvous, and keep wearing them when they go home. Our boots and shoes stand up excellently for daily use, in living history museums and national parks throughout the country.
All of our boots and shoes are handmade one at a time by our craftsman. That means you can order any size you need – they are made to order. Please allow at least 12 weeks for our craftsman to make and ship your order.
Shoe Making School
As I approach 65 I have given serious consideration to passing on the knowledge I have acquired. I do not believe a two week course with students of various skill levels will make a shoe or boot maker. I have decided to break down the components into a smaller and logical order.
There fore I will begin with a one week course on pattern making.
The pattern making class will the basis for not only a shoe maker but fashion designers and costumers.
It will be a one week course in a working shoe shop where you will the full attention of myself and staff. You will learn to make patterns for court shoes, mary janes, cowboy boots, balmorals, mens dress shoes, fashion boots. These will not be design drawings but working patterns.
Students will be required to purchase Frank Jones Pattern making book (Pattern Cutting - Step by Step Patterns for Footwear: http://www.noblefootwear.com) as well as provide in advance a foot tracing and measurements.
In the future we will offer shoe making class's on cutting and closing the upper and lasting and bottoming.
Cost of class is $1000.00
How to Trace Your Foot
Once Watching the Video Please send the ORIGINAL OUTLINE (not scanned or faxed)
Caring for your shoes and boots
Never allow wet leather to get hotter than 187 degrees. This voids the warranty and destroys the leather. Clean your boots with mild solution of soap and water. While still damp, oil with pure neatsfoot oil or lexol leather conditioner. We highly recommend shoe trees for storage. Never use neatsfoot compound or heavy paste conditioner!
On wet and slick surfaces the wearing of hobnails and heel plates is inherently dangerous therefore we will no longer sell or install these items in any of our foot wear despite what the photographs show
*We all make mistakes. If when you get your shoes they do not fit you must notify us within three business days. If you sent us correct measurements we will refund the return shipping. If the measurements you sent are incorrect we will charge a 50% restocking fee and you pay the shipping. If you wear them to an event there will be no exchange or refund. If you wait 8 months or longer to inform us there is nothing we can do for you. The only exception is if you are deployed overseas. I stand behind my products but some have abused common sense thus the need for this policy.