|Vamp, tongue, and quarters|
These are real shoes and it shows. The process doesn't use a sewing machine at all. It's all hand-stitched. Or laced. You know.
|The quarters and cowhide ling|
|Lined and ready to lace|
|Our hands got a real workout punching all these holes|
|Juggling three pieces to lace together quarters, tongue, and vamp|
|Stitching on the sole|
|Fitting onto the last|
|Shoe making art|
|Proving I made them|
|Burnishing tools. Used a propane torch to heat them.|
|One last down, one to go|
|Ready for baking|
|Buffing to a shine|
I took great notes and fully intend to make some more shoes. I've already got the leather selected and I've ordered supplies. And even if they're not this specific style, I'll be able to use the techniques I learned to make other shoes. I think sandals and ballet flats are in my future.