Introducing “Stratford” Elizabethan Shoes for Men and Women

Renaissance Shoe

I’m so happy to present to you “Stratford” Elizabethan Shoes, the product of blood, sweat, tears, and a great collaboration with Francis C. Classe, an excellent historical cordwainer (shoemaker) and footwear historian.

We’re running a pre-order on Strats, through January 1st. During that time, you get a swish $20 discount, and if you’re in the USA, you get free standard shipping too.

Edit: The men’s sizes unfortunately did not sell, so we have had to cancel them. Only women’s sizes 6 – 11 are available now. Sorry, guys!

Elizabethan Shoes

Stratfords come in black or oxblood red 100% leather, are lined in leather, and have one heck of a thick leather sole. They lace closed with a t-strap, and have a 2 inch, custom-made heel.

Of course, the coolest most cool thing about Stratfords is that they are our first “Signature” shoe, and feature Francis’ signature down the insole. Francis, who has spent years researching and learning how to make these shoes, also gets a share of the profits. Together we’ve created a gorgeous reproduction that benefits everyone – you the costumer, the international costuming community, and the artisan himself.

Please place your pre-order for Stratford at
and help us reach the minimum number of orders needed to make Stratford a reality!
Stratford Renaissance Shoes


  • Sassy Countess

    December 12, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    I have to tell you that these are cute enough to wear with jeans! Love them, and I'm not usually into Renascence clothing.

  • Kelly

    December 13, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Now I just have to decide between oxblood and black. I would get both but I have my heart set on a pair Claremonts and Skidoos. Thank goodness you have lay-a-way.

  • Abigael

    December 13, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Beautiful! Mostly I am incredibly excited that you are offering a men's/crossover shoe – are you possibly considering other styles of men's shoes in the future?

  • george marhsal

    July 12, 2021 at 3:11 AM

    The actual finish of the beeswax seems to have been lost with the conditioning and shine. I like to keep the original look as much as possible! That is, that there is no shinny finish to the leather.


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