simple shoemaking: How to make custom simple shoes and lasts, using your feet as the forms

Channel: Sharon Raymond


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This is a new take on making shoes without using lasts - as you will see while watching this video, your foot becomes part of an ensemble of materials that create a credible model of a custom last.

The shoe uppers are stitched to a sole with a raised edge - to update, I now use a small lacing chisel to make stitching holes instead of a round 00 punch. And, before stitching the shoe together, you can cement in place an insole of vegetable-tanned leather.

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This video gives you an overview of a simple shoemaking process that is described in more depth, with variations and patterns, in my book: How to Make the Simplest Shoes: Nomocs, Lomocs and Fomocs with your own two hands!

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