At the end of last year I was so excited to host The Shoe Camaraderie workshops in my Perth studio. I was due to participate in one of the workshop days but unfortunately that same week Buddy ended up in hospital having emergency surgery, and as a result I wasn’t able to attend. (thankfully he has made a full recovery now!). I was really gutted, but Lisa very kindly left a shoe kit behind for me so that I didn’t have to completely miss out. I have had a veggie tan leather hide in the cupboard for ages and was really dying to use it for some sandals, so this seemed like a great opportunity.
Given I’d made a few pairs of shoes by now I was feeling a bit bold, and thought I would try hacking the Ines sandal pattern to create my own look. The funny thing is how small your adjustments need to be in shoemaking! What looked like a very small adjustment to strap width ended up turning into a very wide full slide. As soon as i started lasting these I realised my mistake and considered trimming them back, but in the end I found I actually really liked the idea of having some neutral slides!
Even though this turned out alright, i probably wouldn’t recommend hacking your own slide pattern as when I look at Lisa’s Romi sandal sample I feel like it has a more pleasing shape? Probably worth actually using the real pattern.
As much as I love how the veggie tan has deepened with time, and softened up to be so comfy, the one thing i don’t love is how they show marks. They’ve gotten much more scuffed than my other handmade sandals and I think in the future i’ll just stick to other finished leathers.
The great thing about making slides is that they are possibly the quickest and easiest shoes I’ve made, and they literally go with everything. These have become my throw on to leave the house shoes these days.
Really enjoying how my handmade shoe collection is growing!!