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Making 18th Century Shoes

Shoes of Madame de Pompadour, 1755How to dismantle and re-assemble modern shoes into sturdy, beautiful, convincing historical footwear - and even improve the fit!

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totc_42 26.04.2009 04:53  
Making 18th Century Shoes by Loren Dearborn Yes No   Loved this article and cannot wait to try it. (But what if you're not doing the 18th C.?)  
Adrienne 04.01.2012 07:29  
Glue Suggestions Yes No   Great article! Here's some suggestions for glues that will help make the shoes more durable.

A good alternative for white glue is Yes! paste, which you can find at Michael's Crafts. You can spread it much thinner and it is not so wet and messy (it's a good replacement for Hirschkleber, the glue used in fine shoe construction).

And for the soles, you can get contact cement (the industrial strength version of rubber cement) at any hardware store. Put a thin layer on both surfaces, let it dry, then press together and, if you can, whack it with a hammer, then roll the hammer handle across the sole to ensure you have good contact.
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