I wanted something like this:
Lovely, shaped, chopines wrapped in leather.
The pattern sounds complex, but it's simple. First, trace your foot or your favorite shoe. In the 16th C, they did have left and right shoes - with straight lasts coming in in the Elizabethan age. Second, draw out the base. Now, because all your weight should be in the center of your foot, you need to make a "column" where the center of your foot is. I measured the longest point and the widest point to get the center location. I then transferred this to the base as well. This helps greatly to line up the pieces later since the plank I got isn't that thick. I had to double the plank.
Because of that, I had to make what I wanted to width of the shoe to be at the center a pattern piece as well. That's why there are three pieces - the sole, the center, and the foot itself.
It's not perfect and I'm going to add some stuff to it before the end of the day but it is wood and metal (I had to use nails. They are period)
The strap on the left one is a bit wonky and I do have to fix it but, as you can see, there are two! And I can strap them to my feet! Yay!
The Challenge: Wood, Metal, and Bone
Fabric: leather, wood
Pattern: My own
Notions: Thread, nails
How historically accurate is it? I *think* it's pretty decent. I don't know as I've never made shoes before.
Hours to complete: 12 hours
First worn: Maybe this weekend
Total cost: Minus the wood crafting tools? 97 cents for the one plank of wood I destroyed. :-) I had the leather (it was an old waist cincher), picture nails, tacks, wood glue, and the leather for the soles as well so...it was just the wood!