Make Your Own Shoes – Leather Sandals

Make Your Own Shoes – Leather Sandals Make your own shoes

I read sometime you should make your own shoes at least once in your life. I was at artist DeGrazia’s home and gallery in Tuscon recently, and I noticed a photo of the artist wearing some badass sandals (above). I like minimalist shoes, and I like making things out of leather.
Making my own version of leather soled sandals was a no-brainer. I decided to make my own similar to his, but with the addition of a toe strap. Here’s some shots of the process and the finished product.
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Tracing my foot on the leather that will be both sole and footbed.

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minimalist sandal 

Rounding/smoothing out the tracing.

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strayfoto Flip over the right foot pattern to make an identical left foot sandal.

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Trying out different lacing methods.

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The sole – I used some old, water-stained leather I had lying around. The knot should flatten out with use.

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strayfoto Pounding the holes for the laces.

leather sandal

Make your own shoes


I think everyone should try to make their own shoes at some point. Making shoes should be a personal thing or a right of passage or something. It was fun, and I’ve already thought of a few ways to improve this model a little, and I think this is far from the last pair of shoes I’ll make myself.

I’ve written a follow-up to this post where I discuss my homemade DIY leather sandals and how well they work in the real world. And I’ve now made a second pair of do-it-yourself, homemade sandals, and they’re fantastic. My favorite shoes…

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