Making Shoes At Home – Colourful Shoes With Stamped Edges

Making shoes is one of my favourite crafts. Twice a year when the seasons change I make new ones for my children, either winter or summer shoes. They outgrow them so fast!

These I made for my daughter in autumn colours, using brick-red, ochre mixed with cream pearl and cranberry for heel covers (see below where to find them). The edges I impressed with leather stamps to give them something extra.

The lining is thin leather, I had only bits of different colours left, as you might notice in the photo above. Looks kind of funny, but then who will notice.

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Sneak Peek Into Sandal Making Book

Here is another sneak peek into my now really soon to be available e-book “How To Make Unique Leather Sandals”.

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The above sandals are the first project of the book, they are easy to make as there are no straps to cut or buckles to attach, and they offer lots of space for decoration….

Here are sneak peeks 1 and 2 of the sandal making book.

Update

The e-book How To Make Leather Sandals is available now!

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Making Sandals At Home – A preview of my upcoming book

This is another preview into my upcoming e-book on making sandals at home. I’m in the finishing phase, it’s so exciting to finally come to an end with something I started 2 years ago!

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Sandals embroidered with a goat’s skin leather cord

How come I began making my own sandals? As with clothes I seldom found sandals, or shoes for that matter, that I really liked. I always had to settle for what was available.

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Making Children’s Shoes

Making children’s shoes is especially rewarding because you know what they are made of. Most shoes offered today consist of synthetic, glued together components that aren’t healthy for a growing and more vulnerable body. Wearing shoes made of such material often leads to sweaty  (and sometimes smelly) feet.

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Sandalmaking eBook in progress – Writing an eBook

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I’m nearly finished writing a sandalmaking e-Book. These photos show one of the 8 sandals to make in the book.

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Although I’ve been making sandals for over 10 years now, I’ve learned so many new things while making the projects for the book, researching everything from scratch as if I was a beginner.

They say the best way to get familiar with a subject is to write a book about it, this is so true. It certainly has taken my sandalmaking to a new level.

But it’s not only the content of the book that has challenged me to go new ways, it’s also the technical side about self-publishing an e-Book that opened a new world to me, I’m so fascinated by it all.

In the process of writing the book, I’ve taught myself product photography, in design and setting up a blog and landing page. Of course, there is no end to learning, something new to master always comes up.

Update

The book How to make unique leather sandals is available now! Follow the link to find out more about the book!

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Making Boots at Home – Inspiration For Shoe Making

Update 1/2021

A couple of years have passed since writing this post on how I started making my own shoes. Many people have asked me for a more detailed tutorial on how to make boots like the ones shown in this blog post.

It has taken me some time, but I’m happy to announce that I have finally completed my new eBook Handcraft Your Own Shoes And Boots. A step-by-step guide to making artisan shoes and boots at home.

It is the book I wished I’d had when I first started out, it would have saved me a lot of time and trial and error. Check it out if you are interested in making shoes/boots for yourself.

Making boots at home is the most wonderful feeling of accomplishment. You can make them look exactly like you want, choose the material, colour, decoration, height and so much more!

I started making shoes 10 years ago, they didn’t look like these then. I used to take apart old shoes to figure out how they were constructed and then experimented with basic shapes, different leathers, dyes and ways to decorate it while teaching myself leather craft techniques.

I got so fascinated by the fact that I can actually make shoes at home that I haven’t bought another pair of shoes since.

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