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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: My pattern and mock-up on: September 06, 2009 02:34:55 PM
It's a good warning for everyone.  I hope those intending to use barge cement pay attention.

The composite rubber soles on the 10th century shoes are a mix of barge cement, barge thinner and ground rubber.  Once the mix reaches a consistency of peanut butter it's painted onto the roughed up bottom of the shoes.  The nice bit is it can be renewed as necessary with little effort.

ElfN
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / My pattern and mock-up on: September 05, 2009 06:59:22 PM
I'm a newbee and not yet allowed to post pictures, so you'll have to follow the links.  I made a pair of 10th century shoes at a two weekend workshop.  The technique for making them used my foot as the last.  If you have any kind of toe issues at all, I wouldn't recommend the technique.  The class was fun and I learned a lot.  Here's a link to the result http://norisstuff.com/?p=322.

I have made a pattern and a mockup and I'm pretty pleased with the result.  I made one adjustment after the mockup was complete (where the pin is) http://norisstuff.com/?p=358.  I'll try and post more as I work through the process.  I have the tools and leather I need but I still need barge cement and lasts that match my feet.  I'm working on plaster of paris lasts and will order barge cement shortly, if I haven't already (flakey memory).

ElfN

3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: How healthy is self-made? on: September 05, 2009 06:45:52 PM
I've been reading up on what makes a "good" shoe.  Vibram makes a "five fingered" shoe (http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/) that is in essence a toe sock with rubber impregnated bottom that purports to be very good for your feet/posture/health.  They don't make them in my size, so I have no anecdotal evidence to offer.  There's another company located in Africa that makes kids shoes that has a proven record of producing healthier feet.  There's another company (http://www.terraplana.com/vivobarefoot.php) that makes a shoe that is more of the bare foot movement.

[link]http://norisstuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/10thCenturyShoes.jpg[/link] I attended a workshop and made a pair of 10th century shoes with a composite rubber sole.  The first couple times I wore them I had very sore butt muscles, so the bare foot thing really does cause you to use your body differently.

ElfN
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