Making Children’s Shoes

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 leathercraft projects I do. 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 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 soft, thin leather to make them warmer for the colder days.

children's boots made at homeI’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.

how to make unique leather sandals

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2 comments on “Making Children’s Shoes

  1. What an amazing blog!!!! You’ve inspired me…. Do you have a pattern and ebook for the children’s shoes… Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge

    1. Hi, my derby shoe and bootmaking ebook will be out sometime in the next couple of months. I don’t have any other shoemaking books yet. In the book, I explain how to make your own patterns using the lasts you have, once you know how to make patterns you can make any size of shoes and they will fit well and look good. Please, check back some time or subscribe to my blog (right sidebar) or follow me on Instagram where I will announce when the book becomes available.

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