This project will show you how create a pair of shoes without using a sewing machine. Going one further than this, I am attempting to make a pair of shoes with the fewest number of specific shoe components as possible and the least amount of leather.

Don't get me wrong, I love sewing machines. They can be frustrating at times when they break down or jam, but in general they are hugely satisfying. I have owned and operated a range of different machines but also have found myself without them at times. During those bleak moments I wondered how I could still make shoes without a single stitch. After plenty of design attempts I have come up with a couple of ways of doing it. I will be sharing the simplest one with you in this Instructable.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

- Material for your shoe (preferably leather)
- A pair of shoe lasts (these can be purchased second hand on ebay, new on Amazon- the style of last will determine the size and style of the shoe)

- Adhesive (preferably neoprene cement or contact adhesive)

- Insole material (cellulose style or leather)
- Sole material (leather/EVA foam/rubber)
- Hair dryer/heat gun
- Shoe making tools (knife, lasting pincers, hammer, tacks etc. see my instructable "Testing a Shoe Pattern" for more information.

<p>I'd love to try to make these but I can't find a link to your vector file patterns. These shoes are so beautiful &quot;as is&quot; and you've written such good, clear instructions, so I'm not sure why you'd share so much but hold that part back. Did you simply forget or did you omit the pattern intentionally? Or did I just miss it in the instructions?</p>
<p>Hi there, I am happy to share the vector pattern with you, however the pattern is specific to the last that I used. If you post your email or message me I will send over the file</p>
Thanks, I'll PM you. It would be easier to modify your file than to try to re-create it from scratch, so it will be very helpful.
<p>I don't know if you forgot or just got busy, but you never did send the pattern, even after I PM'd you. Why don't you just post it on the instructable, and specify as you did in the comments that it's only for the one size you made? That would be less work for you... Thanks! If you don't want to post it because you'd like to see how many people are downloading it, you should post it on your personal website. I design pop-up cards, so when I post a design on instructables, I include a link to download it from my site, that way I can see how much interest there is in that particular design. Just an idea...</p>
<p>thats a great Piece of work, really! i would love to make some for myself, </p><p>so i&acute;m asking you for the vector pattern - i will send you some Pictures of the working process. my E-Mail is philip@gea.at </p><p>greets from Austria! </p>
<p>These are really neat! Cool design!</p>
<p>As a grandson of a shoemaker I loved to see this, reminding me of my grandfather's taller. Nice pics with all information. Congratulations!</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing, the craft still lives on! Did your grand father show you any of his craft? </p>
Yes, he teach my brother and me when I was 16yo.<br><br>He cut the leather in the desired pattern, sewed and sticked it into a form, made de soils... In the end the pair of shoes were given to my father, he used them to work. <br><br>It was a very good time and good to learn.<br><br>Thanks for posting this, you made a brilliant work.
<p>Very nice! I second the request for the vector file, I'd love to use it as a starting point and make my own iteration. Please and thank you :)</p>
<p>Hi there, I am happy to share the vector pattern with you, however the pattern is specific to the last that I used (mens size UK12). However, if you post your email or message me I will send over the file.</p>
<p>Well detailed instructions - and explanations for the reasons for doing a step. I love the idea of laser cutting the pattern - and thanks for the great tip on soaking the laser cut leather in warm water! As with kerfing for wood, one can use the same patterns for the heavy leather, too. Some really cool patterns for kerfing.</p>
<p>Yes indeed, I am only just learning about all the amazing things to be done with the right patterning. Kerfing is awesome, check out this other users work: </p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Curved-Kerf-Bending-Part-2/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Curved-Kerf-Bendin...</a></p><p>Also his website: </p><p><a href="http://fequalsf.blogspot.com/">http://fequalsf.blogspot.com/</a></p>
<p>Beautiful! </p>
<p>These turned out so well! </p>
<p>Thanks Natalie! </p>
<p>Nice work. Beautiful piece!</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
Nice 'table! Bravo and thanks for sharing!
<p>Thanks very much!</p>
<p>Gorgeously beautiful! You are a genious! Leather is one of my favorite materials. Have you tried using kangaroo leather? It is supposed to be the thinnest and strongest. Thank you for sharing your brilliance and talent! </p>
<p>Thank you! I have never used kangaroo leather but I will look out for it the next time I go leather shopping. I believe it is used commonly for cycling shoes for the reasons you mentioned. Do you make leather goods too?</p>
<p>Artistic minds and well trained hands would create beautiful work like yours. I voted for you. You're the president of leather crafts!</p>
<p>I promise to make leather crafts great again!!!</p>
<p>Amazing, now if I could just figure out where I left my laser cutter! :)</p>
Lot of talent put in the craft
<p>Thank you sir!</p>
<p>It's a little funny how you were talking about not having a sewing machine and then turn around and use a laser cutter. In any case, great shoe. The pattern is really quite striking.</p>
<p>I am sure there are people who own laser cutters but not industrial sewing machines... in any case, these shoes can be made with patience and a sharp knife, but a laser cutter is quicker!</p>
<p>Wow! This is amazing though, I fear, not for the novice. Thank you for sharing!</p>
<p>I was a novice once too! And certainly no master... check out my other Instructables- I am slowly trying to cover the main processes involved in making shoes</p>
<p>Very nice work. I have never made shoes, and not sure if I ever will, however, getting an insight to the process was fascinating. Thank You</p>
<p>Thank you, I really enjoy teaching people the art of shoemaking so it is my pleasure to share the process on Instructables</p>
<p>Lovely work. Look like they are from a high end manufacturer. The slits in the back look more comfortable than those in huaraches and the laser burn edges look like they add dimension. Thanks.</p>
<p>I am constantly trying to improve my skills and comments like these serve as a great encouragement- thank you!</p>
<p>These are so beautiful Alex! Thanks for sharing your craft with our community.</p>
<p>Thank you so much!</p>
<p>Beautiful patterns in the leather! If there's ever an affordable water jet cutter for home use, it won't burn the edges. Thanks!</p>
<p>Good suggestion. I would like to try that out sometime</p>
Excellent! I really like the shoes and the way are made.
<p>Nice I like this </p>
<p>O my goodness! I am so enamored with these. </p><p> I do question whether those slits on the back of the heel will cause blisters though. On the one hand, I see how they will make the shoe more comfortable, but in a worst case senecio, I can see them acting as the nubs on a cheese grater, mutilating the back of the foot with every step.</p>
<p>Hi there, thanks for your comment. The leather should become soft and pliable with time and I don't think that there will be a problem with blisters. I encourage you to make the Instructable and then tell me how they feel</p>

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