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Topic: arghhh! i just want some simple, eco-friendly, non-sweatshop made flats...  (Read 2512 times)
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« on: June 15, 2007 05:32:01 PM »

THAT I CAN AFFORD!!!! terra plana flats are very cute, last long, and are moderately eco, but i cant pay over 100 dollars for a pair of shoes...

i've seen tutes for reconstructing flats, and making a simple, indoor pair, but.. i want to make some that will last me around six months of outdoor wear. how do i build a long lasting sole? where do i get the fabric? should i use leather? sooo many questions

anybody know of a beginner's guide to shoemaking Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007 03:46:42 AM »

i dunno where ull get soles but if u do find some pls tell me lol

for a totally beginners guide try mary wales loomis...
or google/amazon shoemaking for some info books.

this is pretty basic:
Crafting Handmade Shoes: Great Looking Shoes, Sandals, Slippers and Boots (Paperback)
by Sharon Raymond (Author)
but i havent viewed that book for years so i couldnt say

u could ask at a local cobbler/shoe repairer

google shoe repairs/shoemaking etc

if i knew half the things ur asking id be a happy girl.  Im desperate to start making shoes, but trying to get a leather machine is a nightmare!

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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2007 07:53:24 PM »

Google for the soles. I had found some places that sold soles online. I forget where, but google helps.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2007 10:21:40 AM »

I recently bought this book...


And this lady has really great instructions for making your own shoes from scratch! The directions are super easy to follow, and it even gives you a couple of sources in the back. No web sites, but you can try searching Google for them...

Saderma Leather & Shoe Findings in California

or if you're in Canada...
Royal Leather & Shoe Supplies

I'm still in the process of making my own shoes from this book, because of time constraints on my side, but I hope to have a new pair soon! Good luck!


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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2007 02:04:43 PM »

so i checked out this 70's recon book from the library, and it gives instructions for turning sneakers into platforms.. hahaha

the material they mention is crepe, which is that rubber soling! aya!

supplier i found is  www.acstradingpost.com

oh yea, and i saw that book, but i'm too cheap/poor to buy it haha

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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2007 05:43:32 PM »

Charity shop revamp? and yes. I am totally feeling your pain.
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2007 01:52:31 PM »

rojaporcelana - thanks so much for posting the supplier for the crepe!  I was wondering where one might get it.  It's not too expensive either!

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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2007 06:13:18 PM »

haha you're welcome! i cant wait to try them (the suppliers) out!

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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2007 11:08:32 PM »

I copied this url from the sidebar right here on craftster! It's an ad titled make you own shoes, And has a flashing picture of red, blue and gold sandals. In fact I'm looking at it right now! Check that one out too . I'm sure if nothing else you might get some ideas!

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