|"Virginia" Renaissance shoes, in oiled or buffed leather|
|My sketches for various designs, toe shapes, and slashing patterns|
|Slashing patterns derived from original examples|
|Eegads, what is THAT!? Ew!|
It was butt ugly.
Though the wedge sole construction is period, to our modern eyes, it just looked like an orthopedic shoe, not at all nice to look at! So it was back to the drawing board:
|I don't normally share my factory worksheets, but here's one, to show how I tweak designs. This was a middle iteration, and in the next iteration we did away with the wedge completely, and changed the material.|
We eventually did away with the wedge altogether, due to fugliness, and construction weirdness.
Another point of contention was the materials. The smooth leather just didn't have the look and feel we wanted, and contributed to that awful loafer look, so I spent quite awhile hunting for a more suitable leather, and found the lovely oiled leather for the dark, and a buffed leather for the tan:
|"Virginia" in brown oiled leather - keep it looking awesome by oiling it further, which will help with water resistance too|
|"Virginia" in tan buffed leather. Experiments with dyeing are in the works|
I'm really proud of "Virginia," and I hope you like them too! It took us awhile, but the results were worth it. Remember, the pre-order for these lovelies opens on Friday!