So I thought maybe I’d put pictures of our handmade shoes to show examples and hopefully INSPIRE you to try shoemaking for yourself! It is fun and fairly easy, if you can sew. Even the kids can help…
You can tell that the edges need to be sanded, something I’ve done with a belt sander a few times, but most often go to Sharon’s studio (simpleshoemaking.com) to use her super-sander (well actually she sands them for me! Thank you, Sharon!)
A few other random images…
some of my firsts, but favorites. It’s been 2 yrs I think and the sole is wearing pretty thin, time to resole or make a new pair!
I want to learn more how to made shoes
What about insole support for those of us who must have it? Can you create it, maybe with different sole depths/shapes, or buy insoles and build the shoes over or with them attached? Do you also make boots?
Hi Bonnie, I have never made shoes like that, and at this point am really focusing on the “barefoot” shoes. I feel they are so much better for people’s feet. There are many articles out there supporting this, and I’m sure many supporting arch support as well! So at this point no, I do not make them around or with insoles. I do make boots, but again, barefoot style with leather topsole lined with felt or not, with natural crepe rubber bottom sole. There are many talented shoemakers in the area, but also very expensive. Good luck!