Custom Leather Sandals 3/10
Learn to make yourself a pair of durable, comfortable, custom-to-your-feet sandals! In this workshop, we will make sandals that are made entirely from leather - the soles, heels, and uppers. This traditional method of sandal-making has been practiced for centuries, though it’s rare to find them in stores these days. There actually used to be custom sandal shops located in Sausalito! Sandals made from leather continue to get better with age and wear as they form to your feet, and making them yourself is fun and extremely gratifying.
No experience is necessary. Instructor Stace Fulwiler will walk you through the entire process, from cutting your straps to properly fitting them to your feet to sanding them down once they are finished. All tools & supplies are provided and you can choose from either black, brown, or natural tan leather. You will be able to walk away from the workshop wearing your newly made shoes.
You can choose to make either a toe ring sandal (my personal favorite), a ‘Grecian’ sandal, a thong-style sandal, or a 2 or 3 strap sandal. Within these designs, you can modify strap width, color, and placement. We will use a short stacked heel, about ⅜” high and your soles will have a round toe.
During the sandal-making process you will learn basic leather-working techniques and you’ll become familiar with essential shoemaking tools. You’ll take home an outline of the sandal making process and a list of local resources and suppliers, allowing you to make more sandals after the workshop, if you so desire!
Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (some may finish a bit earlier or later)
333 Caledonia St., Sausalito
Cost: $250, all materials included
Cutoff for signups is March 4, 2019. Please choose a size (regular or wide) when you check out. Whole sizes only, so go up a size if you're not sure.
What to Bring: working hands and outfits, a water bottle, a lunch/snacks to keep you going. It’s easiest if you wear sandals to the workshop as we will be getting barefoot frequently. If you would like to try using the belt sander to finish your sandals (optional), it’s a good idea to bring a dust mask.
About the instructor: Stace Fulwiler began making sandals 5 years ago and continues to experiment with new designs, materials, and shoemaking methods. When she realized how teachable this craft was she set out to share the skills she learned over years of trial and error. She never tires of seeing the joy students express when they are finished making their first pair of self-made sandals. She teaches workshops in the warmer months throughout California.