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Iron age shoes (previous 'viking shoes')
During the summer of 1991, I worked for the woman who owned Medieval Moccasins while she was at the Michigan Renaissance Festival and she did not seem to be too protective about the patterns. During the week, while the festival was not going on, we could work on them anywhere we pleased, as long as we got the work done. I would work on mine down by the lake or around campfires or around the glass blower's booth.The woman who owns the company now is her daughter (she was only ten when I made the moccasins). I haven't worked at or attended a Ren Fest in years, but I have heard that she is very unpleasant to work for.Regardless, I remember having seen the same design fifteen years before I worked for MM. She didn't invent the design.
Good tutorial. Tho my pair got to short for my on the heel. I think I misscalculated at some point and didn't think of that I got pretty flat feet så I would have needed around a 7 heel flap instead of 4. But learned something in the process so :)
This is an awesome tutorial and I planned to make these for so long before I finally did, I'm really happy with the outcome, thanks so much!
It was a very helpful tutorial and I really liked how easy to understand the pattern was. I was able to make my own pattern to use in case I need to make more pairs. Very easy to walk in, and quells the brain at 3 AM when you can't sleep. :) I am new to my local sca group and have found this a wonderful entrance to the game. Hoping to attach some faux fur to the inside to make the leather rub a little less at a later date. Thank you very much for the tutorial. :)
I added rabbit fur inside for comfort when I wear them without socks. They're so comfortable! :)This tutorial was well-made, I managed to make them in less than 3 houyrs.
I wear a side seam moccasin all the time (a similar enough shoe for purposes of the comment) and when I first made them I was told to wear them as is for a short while to mark my tread pattern then cut out a piece of leather the same as the tread pattern and use a contact adhesive to glue it on. When you wear a hole in the sole, use a hair dryer to heat then pull off, cut another leather sole and glue it on in its place. I've just worn my first sole hole (took a month of wearing constantly) so I'm ready to resole. :)
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