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18th Century Buckle Shoe

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18th Century Buckle Shoe

These shoes are hand sewn from top grain leather and feature a sewn sole and iron nailed heel.  The shoes are lined in leather as well, and feature a double thickness sole for durability.  Very comfortable and will require little break in period.  Latchets are 1.5 inches wide.  Please order one or two sizes SMALLER than you normally wear due to these shoes consistently running large on customers.  For example, if you wear a 12, but are are truly between 11.5-12, order a 10 in these shoes.  Also consider the thickness of the stockings you'll be wearing with the shoes. If your size happens to be out of stock at the time of order, please allow 4-6 weeks for your order to be completed.  As always, we are happy to answer questions about stock or status at  

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  • 5
    18th Century Buckle Shoes

    Posted by John A. Miller on 31st Jan 2024

    As it says in the description, order a size or two down. I ordered one size down, and I could've went down another whole size. But after a few adjustments with my buckles and wearing thicker stockings, these are perfect. I love the feel and the quality is great.

  • 5
    Very nice!

    Posted by Andrew Keehan on 30th Dec 2023

    This is the second pair of buckle shoes I’ve got from South Union. These are a step above the initial run, which had thinner leather and were very wide in the toe. Better quality leather, better finish, more appropriate sizing of the latchets, and better fit. I typically wear US9, and an 8 fits perfectly over woolen stockings, so definitely go a size down. I did a busy work day in them and my feet don’t hurt! That’s the best praise I can give.

  • 5
    Very Good Shoes

    Posted by Rick Henion on 23rd Aug 2023

    I have been looking for good quality straight lasted 18th Century shoes. Although NOT straight lasted, they have only a slight curve, and as such look straight. They are very well built with solid feeling leather. As they advise, they do run large; knowing that I have been VERY happy with mine, and thay are my "go-to" reenacting shoes. My only minor complaint is that in wet weather, the leather of the uppers sometimes stains my socks, but all in all, I am very happy with these and am very happy to recommend them to anyone.

  • 4
    Best Commercial Shoe Available

    Posted by Ryan on 29th Jul 2022

    South Union Mills' common buckle shoe is filling a niche left vacant by companies like Fugawee, providing affordable colonial-era footwear. The quality of these are improving with each run (I also ordered from their initial run previously), now featuring reasonable material quality, a stitched sole, pegged heel, and proper back seam. They have the right period look and will no doubt continue to improve with subsequent runs. You will need to cut the latchet straps to fit your buckle as they are currently (July 2022) cut wide. They are also listed off-size, as indicated in the product description, though I actually advise ordering a size and a half smaller: being a size 9, the size 8 was still a couple inches long in the toe. Overall, a good and comfortable shoe that fills a market need, offered by a company which is a pleasure to work with.

  • 4
    18th Century Common Buckle Shoe

    Posted by Matt on 8th Feb 2021

    Quality product would buy again

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