Here is a sneak peek into my upcoming shoe and boot-making e-book. The focus is handcrafting artisan Derby shoes and boots at home with just a few tools and no machines.
I’m so excited to finally come 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/boot making? 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 the best leathers to choose from, as well as bespoke shoemaking and leather craft techniques.
Of course, just as important as it looks to me is that the shoes and boots are healthy and 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 in order 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.
I will describe interesting ways to protect leather soles. Above you see a leather sole with hobnails and metal plates, which is the traditional way of sole preservation.
My new e-book Handcraft Your Own Shoes And Boots is finally available! Find it here.