To care for your Shoes or Hi-Lo's, click on and print out this PDF document on Shoe Care.
Mens Shoes - Made
in Canada by Robert Land
This new production run of shoes and boots uses American made Chromexel leather from Horween Leather Co. of Chicago, which stands up well to the soaking wet - dried out cycle we put our shoes through at events. It is that wet-dry cycle that draws out the leather fibers lubricants, which weakens the leather and often leads to seam popping. Horween Leather is definitely more expensive than the imported leather he used before, but it should be worth it.
Crooked Last Shoes - These mens common shoes are black cowhide leather, rough side out, with leather lining, clumped soles, and thick steel heel rims. Although they look like they are straight-last shoes these are made on right and left lasts, ie. crooked shoes. The latchets are 1½" wide. These shoes were known as 'common' shoes, as opposed to fancier dress shoes. These shoes come in sizes 7 thru 13, in full and half sizes, and in two widths: D (ie medium) and EE (wide). The one exclusion is no size 12½ are available. $140/pair
Straight Last Shoes - These mens common shoes are black cowhide leather, rough side out, with a leather lining. Because they don't have the clumped sole or steel heel rims, these shoes are lighter in weight and more suitable for wearing indoors. The latchets are 1½" wide. These shoes were known as 'common' shoes, as opposed to fancier dress shoes. These shoes come in sizes 7 thru 13, in full sizes only and only in E width. $140/pair
Womens Shoes - These womens common shoes are black cowhide leather, rough side out, with a leather lining, and made on right/left lasts. In other words NOT straight last shoes. The latchets are 1½" wide. Though not as commonly found in 18th C. society as the womens shoes with the raised Queen Anne's heel, womens shoes styled like mens shoes were worn by the lower classes. These shoes would also be suitable for children. Production has just begun and I don't know the size and width range that will be available. $140/pair
Hi-Lo's - These mens ankle high shoes are heavy black cowhide leather, rough side out, clumped soles, and thick steel heel rims. Although they look like they are straight-last shoes these are made on right and left lasts, ie. crooked shoes. The photos are of prototype Hi-Lo's made in russet leather which made it easier to see the seam lines and details. The Hi-Lo's that I stock are black. The Hi-Lo's are held closed by a single black leather thong (not pictured, but included) that is spiral laced. These Hi'Lo's come in sizes 7 thru 13, in full and half sizes, and in two widths: D (ie medium) and EE (wide). The one exclusion is no size 12½ are available
Hi-Lo's were worn by some British officers
as shown in Della Gatta's painting of Germantown and Paoli, by jockeys
as shown in George Stubb's equestrian paintings, and by some Americans
as documented by deserter descriptions in which they are called "half-boots".
For the deserter descriptions see Charles Lefferts Uniforms of the
1775-1783 ... Armies, pages 77, 113, 134, 137.
Heel Plates, steel, for affixing to the heels of your shoes, they help prolong heel life. These heel plates are 1/16" thick, and much like originals found and on display at Fort Montgomery, NY - site of a 1777 British attack on this fort on the Hudson River. $5.00/set with proper nails (ie: 2 plates and 12 nails).
Heel plates are available in eight sizes, heel rims are no longer available. To determine which size you need, please download this .pdf file which has tracings of the plates and rims, and select the size that is the closest match to your shoe heels. The heel plate sizes do not correspond to shoe sizes and are not available in any other sizes than listed on the order form. Note that 7/8 is no longer available. The stamping die for size 7/8 cracked and the factory will not replace it.
Hobnails - Though not commonly used on Rev War period shoes, when hobnails were used it usually was only on the heel. These hobnails have a cone shaped head of approx 1/4" diameter and 5/32" tall. The nail shank is 1/2" long. Available in a bag of 25 nails for $4, or a bag of 75 nails for $10.
|Shoe Buckles - I don't have them, yet. Currently the best source is G.Gedney Godwin www.GGGodwin.com. Archeological finds have revealed there were two common military shoe buckles, one used by British and one used by Continental Army soldiers. The British buckle has been found from Burgoyne's route in upstate New York to Staten Island. Continental Army buckles have been found in many places in the Hudson Valley and one is pictured in Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia pg 53, top row, 2nd from left. This buckle also is often seen in museums such as Valley Forge N.H.P. and New Windsor Cantonment. Neither buckle is currently reproduced but someday I will make them.|