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Re: The Gallery

#1476 Post by homeboy » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:38 pm

Dee-Dubb....they look great! Thanks for sharing! :tiphat:

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#1477 Post by dw » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:15 am

Thanks, Jake. Against all odds.
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#1478 Post by martin » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:56 am

A bit of fancy Roman-ness from the history department ;-)
This pair is made after one of two quite similar finds (no.s 220 and 221) from one of the wells at the Saalburg castell, dated to the 2nd cent AD. The cut and decoration of the uppers is so similar, yet different, that it seems likely that they came from the same workshop if not from the same hand.
The finds were made more than a hundred years ago and the details of the construction are not entirely clear. The decoration is an elegant mix of circular holes, triangles, squares, darts and slits. Here I'm following the suggestion of Marquita Volken by further enhancing the decoration by stitching with coloured thread and bands woven through the slits.
As the original sole does not survive, the nailing pattern is taken from contemporary finds. At a total of more that 1500 cutouts and slits I guess we can safely count this pair among the heavily decorated Roman shoes.
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Re: The Gallery

#1479 Post by Arttu » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:46 am

This is the third pair of shoes I've finished. The toe cap is too sort, facings are too far back and there is a little too much space under the vamp, but they are much better than my previous pairs. Overall fit is surprisingly good, considering I have no idea what I'm doing when modifying lasts.

Handwelted, soles hand stitched at 8spi, "commando" half soles cemented on.

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#1480 Post by martin » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:29 pm

Nice work! I like them!

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#1481 Post by homeboy » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:35 pm

Dang.....pretty smart looking! You're on your way now!

Great job!

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#1482 Post by dmcharg » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:40 am

Nice work Arttu and Martin.
That's a lot of work and complexity for your third pair of shoes, Arttu. Keep it up. The fact they are better than your previous pairs says you are learning and moving forward. Something we all need to constantly do.
Hey Martin, I've loved the shape and beauty of those old Germano/Roman shoes since coming across them in shoe archaeological books I have. You've done a magnificent job.
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Re: The Gallery

#1483 Post by Almar » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:51 am

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Re: The Gallery

#1484 Post by ygtyftree » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:01 am

dw wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:28 am
In honour of St. Crispin's Day this pair of shoes...

Seamless wholecut, veg retan calf, 1" heel (photo essay here)

Not my best work but a lot of new (to me) stuff that I tried... and they fit!!

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DW, may I ask what leather did you use for these? Would normal calf work? or some more stretchy leather like goat skin?

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#1485 Post by dw » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:33 am

I used a piece of 'orphaned' calf--I don't really know what it was in terms of tannage or who it came from. When you've been making footwear for near-as-nevermind 50 years, you tend to accumulate stockpiles of trial hides and samples and just leather that didn't suit the particular order.

You've heard the old saying--"the shoemakers kids go barefoot?"This was one of those--the shoemaker never uses the prime stuff for his own shoes.

I think it was a retan, if truth be told. And it was "struck-through". It was a little stiff and hard to completely eliminate the pipes around the heel.

I suspect a nice chrome Annonay might work a little better.

I've never seen goat I would want to make into a man's dress shoe...nor, if the truth be told, to use for much of anything except perhaps inlays.
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Re: The Gallery

#1486 Post by ygtyftree » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:44 am

Thanks for the info DW!
I am rather a starter in shoe making, now finishing my second pair. However I always like to make a pair of seamless sometimes in the future. I have got some very nice chrome grain leather, hope that help to hide the pipe a bit.
One more question about the build, when you mention 1" heel, does it measure from the upper of seat? or the lower surface layer where the leather sole finishes.

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Re: The Gallery

#1487 Post by Arttu » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:28 am

I finished this pair recently. Sole stitching isn't very clean, but in general they are an improvement.

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Re: The Gallery

#1488 Post by homeboy » Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:31 am

Atta-boy! Great job! :clap:
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Re: The Gallery

#1489 Post by paul » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:02 pm

Looks like a sturdy pair. Like DW likes to say, "Select three things to improve on the next pair" and go for it.

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Re: The Gallery

#1490 Post by Steve Barrus » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:43 am

Great looking boots.

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