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 used vegetable tanned leather which I decorated with a pyrography tool burning a design onto the leather. The leather I dyed with eco-flo antique gel mid brown.
Here I’m sewing the boots, it takes me about 1 to 2 hours to go around.
My very first pair of shoes were sandals. Looking back now it was the best way to start and I would recommend it to anybody interested in learning to make shoes.
When making sandals you practice the main leather craft techniques involved in shoemaking without having to deal with more complex tasks like using shoe lasts.
I wrote an eBook on sandal making, it’s called How to make unique leather sandals. In the book, you’ll find everything you need to know to make beautiful leather sandals.
I’m in the process of writing an eBook on how to make shoes and boots like the ones above, see my post about it here.