PLEASE PUT YOUR SANDAL SIZE AND FOOT WIDTH (NARROW, NORMAL OR WIDE) in the note field at checkout!
Learn to make your own custom pair of handmade leather sandals in this one day workshop led by Stace Fulwiler Wood. Leather sandals have been worn for centuries, and for good reason: they are durable, breathable, comfortable, repairable and beautiful. Sandalmaking shops once dotted coastal towns throughout California, however this craft has become rare as shoe production has moved away from artisan methods & materials. Stace has been working to revive this craft by teaching sandal making workshops throughout California, showing people how gratifying it can be to make, wear, and repair their own sustainable footwear. No previous experience necessary. 18 and over only!
Stace will bring a handful of simple designs you can make during the workshop. She will show you how to modify the design to your unique feet, taking into consideration your bone structure and arch height. You will learn how to shape the leather soles to your arch, attach a stacked leather heel, and cut your leather insoles and straps.
Stace will bring a selection of neutral leather colors (browns, black, tan, caramel) as well as more colorful pieces to pick from. Mixing and matching is encouraged! You will learn how to strategically place your sandal straps to create the most comfortable sandal for your unique foot, and how to select the correct weight of leather for your specific sandal design.
You will learn how to use shoe glue and how to securely attach your straps & your uppers to your sandal soles. Once your sandals are assembled, Stace will finish them outside on a belt sander and…. Voilà! You’ve made your first pair of custom sandals. You will be able to walk out of the workshop wearing your new shoes.
In addition to your new sandals, you will also take home an outline of the sandal making process, including a list of local resources for shoemaking if you want to replicate the process at home, as well as instructions for ‘care and feeding’ of your sandals.
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020
These Hands Maker's Collective
1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Located in The Piece Collective building next door to The Tasting Kitchen. Street Parking on Abbot Kinney or metered parking behind studio.