I have recently ventured into the world of shoemaking with wooden soles. It is not something I had originally considered but I thought I would try it out since it is much easier to use preconstructed soles then making the soles out of leather. I ended up ordering a pair of wooden soles with a shoe last and now I am hooked.
The pictures above are of the first shoe that I made. There is a learning curve and I made a few mistakes on the first shoe which I hope to correct on the second. But overall, I am very happy with the results. They are very comfortable and they look good enough that I would actually wear them.
The first step was to stain the sole and I chose a dark stain. These particular wood soles that I purchased have a grain which looks beautiful when stained. The upper is made out of leather and lined with a soft leather . I added a padded gel insole and covered it with leather for comfort. There are many wooden shoes that you can buy that do not have padded insoles and I would have to imagine they are not that comfortable. I attached the leather upper to the wooden sole with decorative tacks and cement glue. The bottom of the soles came covered with rubber so they do not slip.
I will be providing. a video blog on the making of the second shoe to demonstrate how easy it really is to make a pair of shoes. They are fun to make and the creativity can be limitless, I performed an online search on designer wooden sandals and the results were inspiring. There are many beautiful shoes that I believe can be replicated at home, or at least I am going to try. How many pairs of wooden sole sandals does a person need? I don’t know but I do see a future of many wooden heel sandals in my closet.