Leather House Shoe- Men's


I found the pattern for these in the Library of Congress. It was printed in ladies magazines during the Civil War for women who wanted to help out with the war effort. They would sew them from scraps they had lying around, then send them to the United States Sanitary Commission for distribution in hospitals for wounded soldiers. I make these with top grain leather uppers, with 100% wool lining between the sole and insole for comfort. The vegetable tanned leather insole is antimicrobial to cut down on odor, and to reduce waste, I use scraps left over from my toolboxes and bowls to make these.


  • Based on a Civil War Hospital Slipper
  • All leather with vegetable tanned soles and insoles
  • 1/8 inch thick wool felt lining for comfort
  • Edges hand gummed and burnished
  • Handmade in New York