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This is my modified guide to crafting a pair of leather sandals. Similar to the previous process, it takes little prior leatherworking knowledge to complete this build.

A while ago I made a tutorial on how to make a pair of leather sandals. Since then my skills have improved, and I have given more thought into this project, having created a new sandal design. The particular features of this recent design which distinguishes it from the prior includes a smooth sole in which the arch flaps protrude from the middle sole layer instead of being sewn directly to the top layer, as well as interchangable laces due to the addition of a throng, as opposed to the prior design which involved the laces being a part of the sandal itself, and taking the role of the throng. Additionally, the curved shape of the heel pieces comes from the process of wet-molding, as opposed to the prior process of trimming and stitching a flat sheet, thus providing a cleaner look and increasing the durability. Overall, I feel that this pair is superior to my prior pair, and I will explain the entire process of its creation.

Let's begin.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

MATERIALS
• Thick Leather
• Thick Leather Strands
• Thick Waxed Lace/String
• Epoxy
• Leather Dye (Optional but Preferred)
• Beeswax (Optional but Preferred)

TOOLS
• Leather Hole-Punching Tool
• Hammer
• Strong Needles
• Strong Scissors
• File and/or Sand Paper


<p>So cool and simple! thanks for the inspuration!</p>
<p>the romans actually wore high ankles almost like boots but for the common person this was about same thing they wore</p>
<p>Very nice looking! Do you find the dye/stain comes off on your skin when wearing these?</p>
With the brand of leather stain I used (Fiebang's Low Voc Leather Stain...easily found in hobby lobby), if you let the stain dry for a good 12-24 hrs, it will certainly not stain your skin. (I've tested these many times across a large college campus, wearing them the entire day, and no stain on my feet).
<p>These look really good! The stain makes them look old and worn.</p>
Thank you! And yes that's what it looks like after one coat of stain. I liked the rustic look so I kept it, but if you desire a more consistent matte finish then do a second coat and you'll have a nice solid color. It all depends on preference.

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