My name is Sarah Juniper, I've been making shoes for over thirty years and
was the first to make re-enactment shoes in this country.
My areas of specialization are 1st - 4th Century Roman, very late Tudor
(1580) through 17th C. including the English Civil War, 18th C. up to the early 19th C. - Empire and Napoleonic. These are periods of history where shoes were constructed with ‘heavier’ soles and the uppers took on a more shaped and tailored aspect.
The photos show examples of my work and are not set in stone. Please feel free to send drawings etc of footwear required. I can work from paintings or prints too.
I am now offering basic medieval 15th Century shoes in three styles. Sorry, I do not have many pictures yet but
please enquire for details. Prices are as for Roman shoes.
I cater from the heaviest work shoe to the elaborate silk slipper and
some of my work is still in use after twenty years. All my shoes are totally handsewn, not machine made with just the uppers closed by hand.
Please be aware (ladies in particular) that the fashions of a particular epoch may not always be the most appropriate wear for the human foot; for example the last style of the 18th Century lady is pointed in shape. Please recall the old saying “one must suffer for one’s art”. These may be made-to-measure shoes but straight lasted shoes may not suit you; may take a while to get used to or break in; or if you are a celtic foot shape, i.e. square, may be quite uncomfortable. I can’t change your foot shape but if comfort rather than style is your preference then I can (if you inform me) use a less fashionable shaped last, say from a different epoch, to ease the problem.
I am now, cautiously, beginning to use my own computer and may be reached by email. However, I have not advanced to having a printer so please send orders by post. Also please
read the information on the Order Form and Price List - links at the bottom of this page - as that should answer most, if not all,
of your questions. Measuring information is on the Order Form.
Orders must be sent to me by post, on my standard order form. Using the order form ensures that I have all the necessary information to complete your order and avoids confusion.
When I receive it I will inform you of the delivery date. My memory is not so good as to cope with “as discussed” so please write down just what you want on the form.
I will bill you only when the shoes are complete.
I work from home so I am almost always available (from 9.00 - 21.00 G.M.T please). Tel. 0044-1453-545675