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, "Madeleine Delacroix"
> I am trying to pull something together and was wondering if any of you
> had ever made a pair of these. If so, did you make the wooden sandal
> type shoes to go with them? If you've answered yes so far, how did you
> make them, can you use the same pattern for your sandal that you used
> for your shoe? If you didn't make the sandal, is it possible to make
> them as a turnshoe?...thanks..
The wooden sole held on with straps is called a "patten." It's
actually a type of overshoe, rather than a sandal. Their purpose is
to protect finer footwear, such as a very finely made shoe, or footed
hose (hose with a leather sole sewn to the bottom of the foot.)
Pattens, just so you know, were also made entirely of leather, with
several layers of heavy soling type leather thonged together to make a
thick sole. Both leather-soled and wooden-soled pattens were made
with hinged soles and "solid" soles which didn't flex. Some of the
wooden soled pattens had shaped bottom surfaces to facilitate walking.
"Turnshoe" is actually a 19th century term. Within the time-frame the
SCA refers to as "period," turned work was certainly known: sewn
inside out, seams to the inside, and then turned right side out for
Marc Carlson has a truly awesome site in which he details a lot of his
research into historical shoes.
And there are instructions there, too.
There is also a Yahoo! discussion board for 'medievalshoemaking:'
Yseult the Gentle