Our 18th century/early 19th century shoe is a reproduction of the common man's shoe of the period, with the buckle tongue being trimmed back and lace holes added. This shoe is made with a hand sewn sole and nailed heel. The leather is lighter weight than many reproductions offered today, and closer to original examples that we've viewed. 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 is not in stock at time of order, a wait of 4-6 weeks may be required.