These winter boots lined with rabbit fur are my latest boot-making project. They are so comfortable, warm and luxurious, especially for someone suffering from constant cold feet.
There are so many benefits to using rabbit fur. First and foremost, it is an incredibly warm and insulating material, making it perfect for keeping feet warm during the cold winter months. Additionally, it is lightweight and breathes, so feet stay dry and toasty.
Finally, I got around to making myself some sneakers, I love how they turned out. I used a sneaker-making kit, veg-tan fish leather and cowhide leather for the lining. It took me a weekend to complete them. All in all, a really fun project, I will definitely make more in the coming months.
My new PDF shoemaking Book Handcraft Your Own Shoes And Boots – A Step-By-Step Guide To Making Artisan All Leather Shoes and Boots At Home is available now!
With this book, you will acquire the skills to make beautiful, eco-friendly, comfortable and long-lasting Derby shoes and boots in any size you wish.
Step-by-step instructions show how to create a shoe/boot, including how to make patterns, stitching techniques, toe and heel enforcements, how to attach soles using a water-based non-toxic adhesive, edge finishing soles as well as the lasting process.
Furthermore, there is advice on leather selection, lasts and how to modify them if necessary, soles, heels and leather dyes.
The projects include making a Derby shoe, an ankle boot, a high-rise boot and a boot with a bellows tongue.
The book is suitable for beginners. All the work can be done by hand, no machines are needed.
It has 278 pages and more than 400 photographs. You can open and read it with Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software you can download).
Here are some reviews readers of this book have posted on the Shoemaking Fun Facebook page:
Another reader wrote to me:
“Hey Neda, I bought your book in December and started to make my own shoes. I have to say I love it and never thought my first try would turn out that well. It’s perfect for beginners. Even though English is not my mother tongue, it was easy to understand. Every step is well explained, and the beautiful photos help implement the steps. Thank you so much for writing this book, I recommend it to anybody who wants to start making shoes.”
And here is a photo of the boots she has made (posted on her Instagram account @knubbelgnomcreations)
Make the most comfortable shoes and boots you will ever wear while learning a skill to serve you a lifetime!
Update March 2023
This book is now also available as a printed book on Amazon. Click here if you are in the USA and here if you are in the UK. Please consider the environmental impact of physical books versus an e-book. I know not everyone is comfortable with e-books, if that is your case by all means get the printed version!
Making shoes is one of my favourite crafts. Twice a year when the seasons change I make new ones for my children, either winter or summer shoes. They outgrow them so fast!
These I made for my daughter in autumn colours, using brick-red, ochre mixed with cream pearl and cranberry for heel covers (see below where to find them). The edges I impressed with leather stamps to give them something extra.
The lining is thin leather, I had only bits of different colours left, as you might notice in the photo above. Looks kind of funny, but then who will notice.
Making boots at home is the most wonderful feeling of accomplishment. You can make them look exactly like you want, 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.
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