Shoes and Heel Plates

Click on images to enlarge them in separate windows.

To order Shoes and/or Heel Plates,
click on this PDF icon and follow the instructions on the top of the page.

Shoes Order Form.pdf

To care for your Shoes or Hi-Lo's, click on and print out this PDF document on Shoe Care.

Shoe Care pdf.

Mens Shoes - Made in Canada by Robert Land

Robert Land will resume making shoes and Hi-Lo's in February 2017. I don't know what sizes will be sent to me in the first batch or the price, though I do expect it to increase. When I spoke to Robert in October we talked about improving the shoes to make them less likely to dry out or pop a seam. Robert plans on using 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 leather he used before, but it should be worth it.

Shoe terminology:

Shoe side viewCrooked Shoes - These mens military shoes are heavy 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. These shoes are like Robert Land's Williamsburg model, except these shoes have double thick soles with heel rims. The latchets are 1½" wide. Only two sizes remain in stock: 14 D and 15 D.


Shoe sole view Crooked shoes come with heel rims as pictured.
Hobnails are not available with shoes.


Hi-Lo bootHi-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. As of January 1, 2016 only two pair are in stock: size 7 D and 7 1/2 D. 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.

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.

Heel Plate pdf

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 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.


Back Home Link Home
(before calling or emailing me, please read the FAQ or Ordering Information page
because most of the questions I get are answered on those pages)

Copyright ©2017
This site is maintained by Debra
First launched 5-9-91.