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 my leathercraft projects. It’s the most environmentally-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 lined them with soft, thin goat 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.
If you would like to make children’s shoes or shoes and boots for yourself, check out my new eBook Handcraft Your Own Shoes And Boots, here.