Making boots at home is the most wonderful feeling of accomplishment. You can make them look exactly like you want them, 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.
At the time there was very little information on making boots on the Internet or in books and it hasn’t changed much, so it took me some time to get where I am now.
I use vegetable-tanned leather for all of my shoes and boots. Here I decorated it with a pyrography tool burning a design onto the leather. I prefer water-based leather dyes over alcohol-based dyes as they don’t dry out the leather as much.
Once I get to the sewing stage most of the work is already done. Sewing the uppers to the soles takes me about 1 to 2 hours. I still have to attach the outsoles and heels and edge-finish the soles.
Over the years since publishing this post, I got a lot of requests for a tutorial. 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. You can find it here.