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. I experimented with basic shapes, different kinds of 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. Shoe making is such a wonderful skill to have and of course can be learned like any other craft.
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.
This is the first time I used a pattern from a book, it is the derby shoe pattern from the book How to Make Simple Shoes for Women by Sharon Raymond. The book is not available at the moment. I will link to it when the book is for sale again.
If you are interested in learning how to make boots, it’s best to start with making sandals. This way you practice the main leather craft techniques involved in shoe making without having to deal with more complex tasks like using shoe lasts.
My e-book on How to make unique leather sandals shows everything you need to know about making beautiful leather sandals.