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.
I use vegetable tanned leather in all the leather craft projects I do. It’s the most environmental friendly leather available today. I’m still waiting for organic leather to find its way to the shops. After all, there are organic cows and pigs, what do they do with their skins?
These shoes I made for my 5-year-old son. I took apart an old shoe and used the parts with some adjustments as a pattern. The leather I dyed with water-based leather stains and mixed some of the colours myself like the green and brown. I decorated the leather with shape punches.
The shoes are lined with a soft, thin leather to make them warmer for the colder days.
I’m so glad I discovered a 100 % natural leather finish based on beeswax, carnauba wax, and essential oils. It is so much better than the chemical stuff they sell. The beeswax repels water and brings out the natural beauty of the leather.
To learn how to make children’s shoes, it’s best to start with making sandals. This way you practice the main leather craft techniques involved in shoemaking 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.