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Hey guys,

I have decided to take a jab at a 16th Century Ottoman outfit. It is basically my first one, and I want it for an event. I don't know if I will have time to finish it on time, but I am willing to give it a try. I am using the Reconstructing History pattern for it.

So I have the pattern, the fabric and the motivation, even if the jury is out on the issue of time.

The only thing that is killing me now is footware. What can you wear with an outfit like this? I must confess that although I have done some cursory research on the actual outfit, I am not sure where I can find something suitable in regards to footwear in less than two weeks.

Boots by Bohemond has some custom Persian boots and shoes. I don't have time for custom shoes right now. Any other sources? Anything else that would work? I am thinking that if push comes to shove, I will wear my turnshoes. Wrong shoe, but it's the best I can do right now.

If I can find a better option, I will be very happy...


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Feb. 15th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
Apart from the wooden raised sandals, it seems both "ballet slippers" with a bit more pointed foot (typically found in shops selling saris etc today) and barefoot are valid options. If you haven't seen this site, you'll love it:

Feb. 15th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! My biggest problem right now is that we are still having freezing cold temperatures, so my poor feet would freeze. :-(

Raised shoes would be great (I thought about that), but I have no current sources for it or time to make a pair.

Places that sell saris, that could work. I need to find out if there are any in my area. I know that there are some, but I don't know where they are or if they carry shoes, but worth researching.
Feb. 15th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
I think there's a place that sells saris and salwar kameez on Broad St. in Falls Church.
Feb. 15th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
Definitely going to look for it!
Feb. 15th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Bloomers/pantaloons tied around the ankles + good wool socks might help on the cold? I mean, there are periods of winter and cold in Turkey and northern Greece too (covering large areas of the Ottoman empire).

If you need more shoe input, I know Vecellio's costume book from the 1580s have several woodcuts from Ottoman areas.
Feb. 15th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Cool. I own a copy of Vecellio, and will be conducting more research later on. There are a good number of sources out there. Right now, I just wanted to solve the problem I have of attending a Middle Eastern themed event in two weeks, and to look reasonably presentable :-)

I like Turkish fashion. Especially 16th C. It's an area that I have marginally studied, but I have not done any significant, deeper research. I may get into that just yet.
Feb. 15th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
Next door to Brown Hardware at 29 & 7 intersection.
Feb. 15th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Groovy. I know exactly where it is. :-)
Feb. 15th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Alric knows of an area that has like 3 or 4 sari shops in local-parts-of-MD.

I've gone in the shop in Falls Church, but never found much I liked or much in the way of friendly help. (Although it's a good first option as it's close by)
Feb. 15th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
Here's to hope. If they sell slippers, I'm in business. Otherwise, I'll have to scour all other shops in VA and MD :-D
Feb. 15th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
I don't have an answer, but I think it's funny that I bought the same pattern at Pennsic but have been holding off on making it up because I knew I didn't have the right shoes. Having relatively correct shoes, for me, is the difference between a costume and clothing.
Feb. 15th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Same here. I was so excited about making this, and then I thought, "Holy cow! What am I going to wear on my feet!"

Feb. 16th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Would something like these work?

It's a non-historic cheat, but maybe wear with nude hose/socks for warmth?
Feb. 16th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! That's exactly what I was looking for. They have the look and feel of period slippers, and hopefully they will arrive on time.

Yes, I've ordered a pair. Yay!
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