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Anyone here perform Renaissance faires? I do, and I have leather shoes, belt, and pouch that I use.

At faire this past weekend (weather's nice and warm here in southern Florida), I bought a new belt and pouch made from cotton, so I'll be selling the old leather stuff. But all of the shoe vendors there had leather only. Anyone know where I can find non-leather shoes that are strictly "period" looking?

Actually, I should probably ask this on a Ren faire discussion group instead of here, but I'll try both and see if anyone has any ideas.

--Fromper

 

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Could just go barefoot
I'm sure plenty of people couldn't afford shoes!
Believe it or not, that's actually not true. Other than the occasional beggar, and outsiders (barbarians!) just about everyone in Renaissance Europe wore shoes. Even poor peasants had some sort of covering on their feet, even if it was just some fabric strapped to wooden soles.

Besides, I'm a court jester, emphasis on the word "court". Servants to the nobility were fairly well dressed, usually in "hand me down" clothing given to them by their patrons.

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It's very very very hard to find authentic period stuff not made of leather. you could try talking to some of the leatherworkers at Faire and see if they would be willing to make you shoes if you bought the material.

I had to bite the bullet and buy leather boots because i had a show coming up, and couldn't find anything suitable. I am having a pleather scabbard made however.
 

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depends on how authentic it needs to be. I perform in Shakespearean plays, and I've done really well with buying cheap martial arts slippers and painting them with acrylic (takes LOTS of coats). they end up looking a bit like dyed leather, and if you decorate them with braid/gems/etc. they go completely unnoticed.
 

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I ended up going to Goodwill and finding simple leather shoes to wear with my Ren Faire dress. I figured that was better than buying more-authentic-looking shoes from a first-hand source.

Maybe you could open up a vegan Ren Faire shop and sell your handiworks to us? I'd be one of your best customers!
 

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I found some faux suede boots:

http://www.brandsonsale.com/renaissa...s-for-men.html

However, it looks like a very non-period button on the side.
I sent them an email to ask for a clarification on exactly what that is. I also asked if the other three styles are made from the same faux suede.

--Fromper

Oddly, they responded to my email without actually answering any of my questions. They explained what faux suede is and confirmed that the metal looking things are metal. They didn't answer whether the other shoes are also made of the same faux suede, nor did they answer whether the big metal thing is a non-period button. How tough is it to answer the specific questions that you're asked?


I found what appears to be the exact same shoes on another site (RenFestCostumes.com), and emailed them similar questions. They were a little more helpful, but not quite specific enough. They said their shoes are made from "man made materials", and that the metal thing on the side is a grommet, which is period for most Ren events, but not all, contrary to popular belief.

I think I might order from them, but I'll think about it and talk to some locals first. I'm not in any rush. Faire season is actually about to end here in Florida, so I don't have any performances coming up. Besides, I do have leather shoes to wear in the mean time, though I never liked them that much, even before I started ditching leather goods.

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check out the links on our archived (can we re-tack this - I think it used to be tacked at the top of Product forum??) VB shoe guide:

http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ght=shoe+guide

also, I found this shop, don't know if it is in the thread. Some 'muskateer' types boots are period-y

http://www.pennangalan.co.uk/boots/Vegan.php

and these:

http://www.5thfloorproductions.com/pllarebo.html

http://www.5thfloorproductions.com/plblsurebo.html

Don't forget Ebay too - it is amazing what cheap stuff you can find on there.
 
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