At a Renaissance Faire in CT a few years ago, I ran in to a fine leatherworker named Angus who surprised me with the news that he had made himself a pair of shoes by following the instructions in Crafting HandmadeShoes. When I saw them I was amazed; they were made of vegetable-tanned leather that he had dyed black, then very skillfully-lasted. He added a layered vegetable-tanned heel and fastened them with beautiful  buckles, to complete the artisan-crafted look of another time and place. Here is a photo of his shoes.

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