SHOES & BOOTS
For those of you who work in historical homes where authentic foot wear is required but pegs and heel plates are out of the question on the hardwood floors, we now offer thin rubber soles attached to any of our shoes or boots.
This works great if you attend balls and affairs at historical sites as well. Not only does it protect their floor, but it will keep you from busting your, - - - well you get the idea.
Be sure of your size because adding rubber soles is a custom order and there is no return.
There's even historical precedence for rubber soles. Here's a quote from Mrs. Sarah J. Hale's book, " Receipts for the Million", printed in 1857. Yes this is the same Mrs. Hale from "Godey's Ladies Magazine". Our little note reads as follows;
Shoes; One hint about shoes - a most essential and expensive article of family wear. However worn and full of holes the soles may be, if the upper leathers are whole, or soundly mended, and the stitching firm, the soles may be covered with the newly adopted article gutta percha, and at a very small expense the shoes will be rendered as good as new. We have seen shoes which even the eldest daughter of the Smith family despised as not worth carrying home, made quite sound and respectable in appearance, and to serve many months in constant wear, by being thus soled at the cost of only a few pence.
Sorry! We are not offering Rubber Soles or Heels at this time.
NEW BOOT FOR LADIES
The ladies have spoken and we have listened. No really, we were paying attention, honest. Many have have suggested that we produce another style of ladies boot that would be lighter in weight for those of you who spend most of your time indoors or who only attend warm weather events. A boot that was light in weight, not too hot for those deep south events and stylish, no one was willing to compromise on stylish. That really made sense to me so we sat about making a new ladies boot that we think will do just the trick. We hope you agree.
We have christened our new boot the "Virginia" in honor of our Tennessee author, Virginia French. The design of this boot was taken from several photos dated to the 1850s in which the subject's boots were clearly visible, as you can imagine finding photos of this type was not an easy task. Using high magnification we were able to collect enough information to prepare the pattern for the Virginia. The quality of both material and workmanship are outstanding. The comfort, from all reports, is unequaled and of course they come with the Blockade Runner one year warrantee. The best test of any item of footwear is to try it for yourself. We invite you to drop by and see just what all the fuss is about. We are currently stocking these boots in sizes 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5 and 10.
PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR SIZE BELOW.
THE VIRGINIA LADIES BOOT, SIZE 6, #670 $89.95 BUY NOW!
THE VIRGINIA LADIES BOOT, SIZE 6.5, #670 $89.95 BUY NOW!
THE VIRGINIA LADIES BOOT, SIZE 7, #670 $89.95 BUY NOW!
THE VIRGINIA LADIES BOOT, SIZE 7.5, #670 $89.95 BUY NOW!
THE VIRGINIA LADIES BOOT, SIZE 8, #670 $89.95 BUY NOW!
THE VIRGINIA LADIES BOOT, SIZE 8.5, #670 $89.95 BUY NOW!
THE VIRGINIA LADIES BOOT, SIZE 9, #670 $89.95 BUY NOW!
THE VIRGINIA LADIES BOOT, SIZE 9.5 #670 $89.95 BUY NOW!
THE VIRGINIA LADIES BOOT, SIZE 10 #670 $89.95 BUY NOW!
LADIES COTTON SLIPPERS
Our ladies cotton slippers, Chinese slippers as they are often called, are made with 100% cotton uppers with a rubber sole. They Fasten with a cotton strap and a small buckle. While these slippers are not the most authentic foot wear you can have they have long been a standard in the re-enacting community. They are very inexpensive so you can have a couple of pair just in case. Even if you have a very good pair of shoes or boots these work very well for "back ups".
How many times have you been to a re-enactment and not had wet feet due to rain or some type of mishap? They take up very little room when packed so you can always have a spare pair of dry shoes. They are available in sizes 5 through 12.
ITEM # 2070 $8.95
SIZE 5 COTTON SLIPPERS
SIZE 6 COTTON SLIPPERS
SIZE 7 COTTON SLIPPERS
SIZE 8 COTTON SLIPPERS
SIZE 9 COTTON SLIPPERS
SIZE 10 COTTON SLIPPERS
SIZE 11 COTTON SLIPPERS
SIZE 12 COTTON SLIPPERS
LADIES TRAVELING BOOTS
If you've seen the movie "Cold Mountain" then you may have seen Nicole Kidman wearing a pair of Blockade Runner Ladies Boots. They are especially noticeable in the scene where she is getting undressed. According to one source they went missing off the set at the end of the shoot. Rumor has it that Ms. Kidman took them home with her! But then, who could blame her?
In the book, "Ladies Book of Etiquette, Fashion and Manuel of Politeness" written by Florence Hartley and published in 1860. Mrs. Hartley says, "Strong boots and thick gloves are indispensable for traveling." Well Mrs Hartley, we could not agree with you more. I think we have just the boot your looking for.
I think this is the best pair of Ladies Traveling Boots we have ever made. Every measurement is taken directly from an original pair in our collection. This boot really stands out. There has been so little to choose from when it comes to ladies foot wear. We thought this is one item the hobby was sorely lacking. We could not be happier with the results.
Our boot is 7 ½ inches tall, It is made from top grade leather and with the very best craftsmanship. Brass eyelets, Double row wooden pegged leather sole. Square nails fasten the heel, all just as the original.
Available in full and half sizes. Size 7 through 12 1/2. If you desire a different size please call or email us. We can have them made for you but it will be a minimum of 8 weeks deliver time.
Comfort, did I mention comfort? Several ladies have already called or e mailed me to tell me that they are the most comfortable boots they have ever owned! And not just reenacting boots either.
One lady stopped by, bought a pair and then went immediately to 2 cemetery re-dedications; where she was on her feet for a total of 4 hours. She went out of her way to stop back by and thank us for the boots.
Remember, if you don't like them just send them back to us within 10 days, in like new condition (yes that means you can't wear them to an event and then send them back) and we will happily refund you money minus shipping and a small restocking fee.
And of course they are backed by our 1` Year guarantee against defects in material and workmanship.
That's the original boot in the photo right, that ours is copied from.
Here is what one recent customer had to say about our Ladies Traveling Boots.
I received the boots today and I can not say enough. I LOVE them! They are 100% more than I expected. They seem to be very comfortable and they look absolutely antique. Even more so than my original Victorian boots!
I will be sure to pass the word on about your boots. Also the time from ordering till I received them was extremely short.
P.S. I have worn them around the house all day and my feet haven't hurt at all. They are comfortable right out of the box.
Thanks for a wonderful transaction.
Beth, from Texas
And then we received this recent e mail;
I just received my boots on Friday, the shipping time was very fast.
I put them on and wore them all day, they feel great! At first I was afraid to order them over the phone because I am hard to fit, wide feet ya know, but your clerk was very helpful and I got just the right size.
They look great with my outfit too.
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions and providing such great products.
Another satisfied customer sends her regards.
Just wanted you to know that I love my Ladies Traveling Boots! They fit
perfectly, and are very comfortable, but a bit too shiny (grin) for my
persona, which is a lower-class woman who is hired by the Fed. Govt. as a
laundress. I tripped over a tent stake at my first event, so I at least
have gotten over them being so new!
I love them so much that I will probably wear them this winter as my
real-time boots -- I always wear lace-up boots in the winter with my long
dresses -- so they should look much more fitting next season. (And I can
get more later on, when they wear out TOO much... means I don't have to go
hunting for comfortable, well-made boots any longer!
Thanks so much!
ITEM # 882 $79.95
SIZE 6 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 6 1/2 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 7 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 7 1/2 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 8 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 8 1/2 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 9 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 9 1/2 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 10 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 10 1/2 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 11 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 11 1/2 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 12 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE 12 1/2 LADIES TRAVELING BOOT
SIZE CHART CONVERSION FOR LADYS
American Size 4 1/2 is a UK size 2, a European size 34 and an Asian size 21.5
American Size 5 is a UK size 2.5, a European size 35 and an Asian size 22
American Size 5 1/2 is a UK size 3, a European size 35.5 and an Asian size 22.5
American Size 6 is a UK size 3.5, a European size 36 and an Asian size 23
American Size 6 1/2 is a UK size 4, a European size 37 and an Asian size 23.5
American Size 7 is a UK size 4.5, a European size 37.5 and an Asian size 24
American Size 7 1/2 is a UK size 5, a European size 38 and an Asian size 24.5
American Size 8 is a UK size 5.5, a European size 39 and an Asian size 25
American Size 8 1/2 is a UK size 6, a European size 39.5 and an Asian size 25.5
American Size 9 is a UK size 6.5, a European size 40 and an Asian size 26
American Size 9 1/2 is a UK size 7, a European size 40.5 and an Asian size 26.5
American Size 10 is a UK size 7.5, a European size 41 and an Asian size 27
American Size 10 1/2 is a UK size 8, a European size 42 and an Asian size 27.5
American Size 11 is a UK size 8.5, a European size 42.5 and an Asian size 28
WHITE COTTON LACING
Lacing that looks right is very hard to find so you can imagine how glad we were to get 1000 yards of this white cotton. You can cut it to any length and simply dip the ends in candle or bees wax to prevent fraying. Great for corsets, shoe and boot laces and 100 other sewing projects.
WHITE COTTON LACING
#2206-L $1.95 per yard
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