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A quick weekend project to make a pair of leather sandals. I used a thick raw-hide leather for the sole, and a softer top-grain leather for the upper and insole.

This was my first time making footwear, and as such, it was a fun learning process.

Leather sandals design home made DIY make how to craft hands on learning own sew stitch cut

First, I traced my foot and cut out the sole from raw-hide.

Leather sandals design home made DIY make how to craft hands on learning own sew stitch cut

The upper was made of thinner strips of top-grain leather, folded over itself.

Leather sandals design home made DIY make how to craft hands on learning own sew stitch cut

I punched holes into the leather with an awl and sewed it together with nylon thread.

Leather sandals design home made DIY make how to craft hands on learning own sew stitch cut

After cutting slits into the sole, I attached the upper and insole, and trimmed the edges of the sandal with a box cutter.

Leather sandals design home made DIY make how to craft hands on learning own sew stitch cut

Learning to make a pair of sandals was a fun and rewarding weekend challenge. The end result is comfortable, lightweight, and personalized to my feet. Walking in your own shoes is a unique experience that I would recommend to anyone interested.

Leather sandals design home made DIY make how to craft hands on learning own sew stitch cut

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