Helpful Hints

The material you choose to make your shoes from is completely up to you, but to make sure you choose something easy to work with and durable to wear, we’ve included a few notes for choosing the best materials below:

Leather – Look for leather with a stretch! We suggest no thicker than 2mm. Exotic skins, you should steer clear of until you’ve had some more practice.

Some leathers you may find are too thin, and are not quite strong enough to make the shoes sturdy, if this is the case find yourself a stretch interfacing that you can iron on the back.

I would recommend starting with a goat or pig skin and avoiding sheep skin leathers.

Material – Again look for stretch! If the material is too thin, find yourself a stretch interfacing that you can iron on the back.

Lining – We suggest using neutral pig skin suede for lining. The neutral colour wont stain your skin, it is soft which will reduce the risk of blisters from rubbing and best of all its breathable, which means it’s the most likely to keep your feet and shoes smelling fresh.