Here is a sneak peek into my upcoming shoe and bootmaking eBook. The focus is on handcrafting artisan Derby shoes and boots at home with just a few tools and no machines.
I’m so excited to finally coming a bit closer to finishing it. I started working on the book over a year ago, it’s slow going but it will get done sooner rather than later, I hope.
What do I mean by artisan shoe/bootmaking? While I don’t have the ambition to make shoes that look like I bought them in a shop, I do have the ambition to make shoes and boots that look handmade, high quality and unique.
Therefore, the book will have an extensive section on best leathers to choose as well as bespoke shoemaking and leathercraft techniques.
Of course, just as important as looks to me is that the shoes and boots are healthy made with the best ingredients available with as little an ecological impact as possible.
All the shoes and boots in the book are made entirely from vegetable-tanned leather using only water-based non-toxic glue.
There will be sections on Derby pattern making so you can make your own patterns over the lasts you have to get perfectly fitting shoes and boots.
I have decided against rubber soles as I don’t want to use plastic if I don’t have to in my life in general. So it’s leather soles, they are so much more beautiful than chemically produced soles anyway.
I will describe interesting ways to protect leather soles. Above you see a leather sole with hobnails and metal plates, it’s what they used to do before plastic.
If you would like to know when the shoe and bootmaking eBook becomes available you could follow me on Instagram or subscribe to this blog (right sidebar) where I will announce it. You could also make yourself some leather sandals first, here is my how-to book on sandal making.