Homemade Leather Sandals – Round Two
I wore out my last pair of homemade leather sandals in about 5 weeks.
I decided to make another pair of homemade leather sandals, this time from a little thicker leather. The trick was to not use leather that’s too thick, but just right for a combination of durability and suppleness. Where I used a very old scrap of 4-5 oz leather the first time, this time I used 6-7 oz recently tanned and very nice leather – it’s actually the same leather my wife uses to make her camera straps for sale on Etsy.
I’ve played around with the lacing a little more, and there’s too many variables to really settle on one tying method. I just try to wrap it up so it stays tied and doesn’t blister my foot under the knot. With the thicker leather I noticed I had to tie the laces tighter to get the leather to flex and mold to my foot. Despite spraying them with a little water, it was a good 5-6 days before they really broke in to my liking. Next time I think I’ll just soak them in water and wear them until they dry out right off the bat.
They’re breaking in nicely though, and I think I’ll get substantially more use out of what seems to be only a slightly thicker leather. I’m still trying to think of a method of having a more traditional flip-flop style strap, while not having a knot under my toes made from a double strand of leather.
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