Question: How do I install the bows on my 18th century shoes?
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You Will Need ….
- A pair of 18th century latchet shoes, such as the Georgianas.
- Adhesive or glue-on velcro tabs
- Leather glue (just to be safe)
- Pretty ribbons
First, adhere your velcro tabs. I recommend adding a dot of leather glue even if your tabs are stick-on, to keep them from “migrating” on hot, humid days.
|the velcro will not be seen from the outside, even if you wear the latchets with buckles in the future|
On the underside of your latchets, stick the fuzzy side of the velcro to the end of the latchet, and the toothed side of its mate to the base of the latchet, near your foot.
Do this for both latchets.
Next, simply fold the latchets over on themselves, and stick the velcro together
Thread your ribbon through the loops
Tie in a bow or a decorative knot. You can tie the ribbon over the toe or at the top of the foot; there’s no right or wrong way to do it.
Voile, that’s it! If you decide to wear your latchets with buckles, you can do so without the velcro being seen or causing trouble.
If you don’t care about buckles and will always wear your shoes with loops and ribbons, you can permanently stitch your latchets into loops (you’ll need a little muscle, strong thread, and an awl to do it), and not worry about anachronistic velcro.