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Shoes for extra-wide and thick feet

This shoe was made by a student with extra-wide and thick feet. We made a custom pattern following directions from my youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8RMcXhw40c. Directions are also in The Simple Shoemaking Handbook, https://simpleshoemaking.com/wp/product/pdf-the-simple-shoemaking-handbook/. The shoes have a thick layer of natural rubber soling, so she finally has a comfortable pair of shoes that she can …

Interview with leatherworker Renee Canady

I have had the good fortune to collaborate with Renee Canady – an accomplished leather worker – on making a pair of sandals, to show what can be done with carving and tooling on footwear –  that isn’t a pair of cowboy boots! She did the carving, tooling, painting and dyeing, and I assembled the …

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN SHOE SHOW!

A few cold months ago, I had the pleasure of teaching a one-day shoemaking workshop to Rhode Island School of Design students who had just the previous day returned from a shoe-design trip to Italy. Kathleen Grevers, Senior Critic, Apparel Design, and Khipra Nichols, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, shepherded twenty design students from a variety of …

alpargatas, espardenyers, espadrilles, and a German shoemaking manual!

What riches! Today I happened upon http://ofdreamsandseams.blogspot.co.at, where I discovered a “sole mate”! That is, a woman who is fascinated by all kinds of techniques for making shoes, and who no doubt finds solutions for shoemaking puzzlements while cogitating between 2 and 3am, as do I. I like the blogger Katya’s moccasin-making technique; I planned to …

new page: TUTORIAL: How to Make the Side-Seam Moccasin-Boot

After seeing “Stephanie’s side-seam moccasin” project in Martha Stewart Living magazine, I decided to make it using different materials and stitching. I changed it further by stitching a piece of material along the top edge of the moccasin, transforming it into a boot! The boot can be found in the Craft Manual of North American …