And we’re back! It’s been a while but I’m so happy to share with you the latest addition to our ‘get inspired’ series. Here in London, there’s sooo many blossom trees, tulips and daffodils in full bloom at the moment so I thought I’d make a pair of shoes that reflect the season! 💐
Before I tell you how I made these DIY wedges, here's a few pointers that might help you if you’re attempting to make these shoes from home...
I originally covered the wedge unit using the same white leather that I used for the upper but it was way too thick. So, my number one recommendation is to use a nice thin leather when covering the wedge.
My second recommendation is to do inset cut into the insole so that your straps fit really nicely. You can see on my pair that I actually cut little inset slots into the insole board, where I knew my straps would go. This really helped the insole board to sit nice and flush within the wedge unit.
Something we get asked all the time is what paint we recommend for painting leather shoes and our go to paint is almost always @AngelusPaintUK. They’re the best!
Want to make your own pair of DIY wedges? Why not download our mule pattern and purchase a pair of our wedge units to help you get started!
Here’s a little run through of how I made the shoes:
Step 1 - Firstly, I covered the padded insole that comes with the wedge unit in the loveliest light green leather.
Step 2 - I then cut, stitched and assembled my uppers out of a thicker white leather.
Step 3 - Next, I painted the uppers in this spring-like floral design using the leather paints. 🌸
Step 4 - After that, I covered the wedge unit in the same green leather as the insoles using using water-based shoemaking glue.
Step 5 - I then lasted the uppers to the insoles.
Step 6 - Finally, I added 2mm beige resin soling to the bottom of the shoes.
And that’s it, DIY floral wedges made and ready for action!
Fancy making your own pair of floral wedges? To make getting started even easier, we’ve created a downloadable PDF mid heel mule pattern in sizes EU 34 - 44. This mid heel mule pattern is designed to be used alongside the I Can Make Shoes womens mid heel lasts (reference 002).
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