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BASIC CLOTHING PATTERNS &
most people, shoes can be an expensive part of a medieval outfit.
A good pair of reproduction shoes or ankle boots will make your outfit
look amazing and will last year after year if you take care of them.
Shown at right is a pair of 14th century reproduction shoes for a
Medieval shoes were made of leather. Some had fancy cutwork designs,
some laced at the side and many buckled over the top of the foot for
both men and women. Many of them were made from coloured leather.
modern shoes are passable if you're starting out as a stallholder
and are shopping on a budget. For a cheap footwear option which you
can possibly re-use, how about some winter slippers or slip-ons? They
are usually available for shops like Target, Big W and
KMart at very reasonable prices.
Ballet flats for women are also good! The style of shoe known as the
Mary-Jane, shown at left, is quite suitable for women and often
comes in colours like red and blue which is quite suitable!
Basically, any kind of slip-on is heading in the right direction.
Shown at right is a leather-look slip-on shoe with no decoration in
a plain colour which is suitable.
Shown at left is a variety of colours in a slip on shoe which would
do if you were really, really, REALLY stuck for footwear and are heaps
better than joggers or lace-up school-shoe-style shoes which just
look completely wrong. They are not terribly good and should be upgraded
the first chance you get. Sneakers,
thongs and lace-up sports shoes are not suitable.
It's possibly worth the investment in a
proper pair of medieval shoes if you plan to attend events on a regular
basis- it really does finish an outfit off beautifully!
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