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After much debate over what the new header for Why Not Then should be, a good friend had the idea for the living history shoe timeline. For this shot, I pulled pair of shoes out of my reenacting closest that represents each decade I currently portray. From left to right: 1770s, 1790s, 1800s, 1810s, 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1930s, 1940s, and today. All are reproductions that I wear regularly, and my modern shoes are regularly worn while working for history education and conservation!

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This picture gives me a great opportunity to sing the praises of some of the reproduction shoemakers and sellers out there though. To give credit where credit is due, the makers of the above shoes:

Burnley and Trowbridge–  1770s and 1790s shoes

American Duchess– 1800s and 1810s shoes

Robert Land– 1840s, 1850s, and 1860s shoes

BAIT– 1930s and 1940s shoes

While I chose the above shoes for the image, I can’t mention reproduction shoes without mentioning the below two shoe makers as well:

N.J. Sekela– Mid 19th century. By far the most accurate women’s shoes on the market right now. Robert Land was a close contender, but he’s closing shop!

Re-Mix Shoes– 1920s-1940s. Absolutely drool-worthy reproductions, but on the higher price end. I love the two pairs I have by them though!

Please note, Why Not Then is not affiliated with any of the above shoe companies. I’m just a happy customer! Happy shoe shopping!

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