Leather Sandal Making
or 4 installments of $62.50 with More info
In her Leather Sandal Making workshop, Rachel Corry of Rachel Sees Snail Shoes will teach us every aspect of the sandal making process. Though the thought of handcrafting your own sandals may feel a bit intimidating at first, Rachel breaks the process into clear, simple and straightforward steps, empowering us to create footwear worth flaunting. In your workshop Rachel teaches a simple slide style of sandal with an optional slingback. It’s simple to make any other style of sandal, even one of your own invention, with Rachel’s guidance.
We’ll first go over tools and materials and then get right into checking patterns against our own feet. No matter the sandal design, the making process is the same: patterns, cutting, draping, slots, taping, scratching, glueing, and sanding. Your hard work will pay off, and you will be ecstatic to go out and share your new shoes with the world.
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This workshop includes:
- A detailed, digital workshop by Rachel Corry of Rachel Sees Snail Shoes
- A live Maker Chat Q&A for our community to join in creative conversation
- Tools and materials from artisan suppliers, curated for you, by Rachel
The Tools & Materials included in this workshop:
- Leather of your choice (natural, medium brown, or chestnut)*, in two weights
- Pair of Soles
- Pair Heel Bases, in your choice of size
- Heavy Duty Cutting Tool
- Rotary Hole Punch
- Ball Pein Hammer
- Leather Adhesive
- Brass Collar Buttons
- Iron Clinching Nails
- Black Fine Tip Sharpie
- Printer Paper
- Masking Tape
- Smith’s All Natural Leather Balm
- Horsehair Shop Brush
- Antique Brass Double Cap Rivets
- Self-Healing Cutting Mat
- Beige Shoe Lace
- Natural Brass Center Bar Buckle
*Please note: The chestnut leather is firmer than the natural and medium brown leathers. If you are brand new to working with leather, Rachel suggests starting with the natural or medium brown leather as it’s a bit easier to work.
IMPORTANT: You will need to use a tabletop sander or work with a local cobbler in order to finish your sandals. The reason for this is to sand and trim down the edges for a more smooth sandal. Be sure to plan your project timeline with this in mind.