My friends, I have been on a bit of a shoe making binge recently. Someone needs to stop me! After attending Lisa’s Shoe Camaraderie shoe making workshop last year I was dying to make more pairs. I would love to have a collection of handmade shoes to use in all our sample shoots, wouldn’t that be amazing? Handmade from head to toe! So with that in mind I decided to get the Ines sandal kit to create a nice pair of neutral clean lined sandals for an upcoming shoot of a new pattern.
I decided to bring my kit home and do it on the kitchen counter rather than work on it at my studio and i’m so glad I did that. My approach was to take it slow, and I basically did one step at a time for a week until I had finished my shoes. I love the workshop i went to, and i learnt SO SO much, but i think this slow pace of making shoes is more my style. I really enjoyed being able to take my time with every step and think carefully about what i was doing. At one point i was unhappy with how i had attached the sole and i just ripped it off and started again the next day!
These shoes are obviously not perfect, but i’m so happy with them! Lisa’s instructions were a joy to work with. Very detailed, well illustrated, lots of tips and she even provided free video content. I would really highly recommend these kits, they really make shoe construction achievable at home. I like that you can also pretty easily customise things on the fly. This style comes with ties, but after I was done I had extra leather left over and realised it would be really easy to make an ankle strap too! So i just sliced a strip of leather, added holes and a buckle and ta-da an ankle strap. The thing i like about this is that now when we use these shoes in the studio we can swap out the ties or ankle straps for a different look!
I thought you might enjoy seeing a few snaps of the process of making my sandals – and at the end a few peeks at how they looked when we used them in our shoot!