This particular shoe requires a button (what some books call a "toggle", the folks in the Middle Ages called a "buton")
   
This is sewn in to the underside of the vamp.
   
You will notice the sewing for the button and most of the other things don't show on the outside.

The white stuff is tallow, rendered in this case from beef fat.

   
Slather down the leather in the tallow and work it in.
   
Heat actually helps the leather absorb the tallow.  I'd use a fireplace as a source for warm air if I had one.
   
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The finished shoe.

I should probably trim the exposed welt around the forepart back a bit.

 

 

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