7 Best Shoemaking Tutorials of 2019

During this year 2019, I made a lot of shoemaking tutorials for you, my dear readers!

Among all these tutorials there are few most important, in my opinion, that will be very useful to you in your shoemaking craft no matter if you’re a beginner in shoemaking or have some experience already.

So I chose 7 best shoemaking tutorials of 2019 that you need to pay your attention on during your shoemaking learning! 

If you missed some of them, now you have a good chance to learn them detailed with me again. 

So let’s dive into my 7 Best Shoemaking tutorials of 2019.

1.Alternative cork solution or How to make shoes with minimum supplies

Cork is one of the most important natural materials in shoemaking. It has a wide range of usage and in this post ‘’Cork in shoe making’’ you can learn more about this material.

What I want to talk with right now is about alternative cork solution or how you can replace the cork with another material, if you can’t find it. This approach is useful only in the step of shoe bottom flattening where we prepare the shoe bottom before the shoe sole attaching. 

cork on bottom shoes

So if you want to make shoes and don’t have all needed shoemaking suppliers (like cork) ,you can use some piece of leather ,for example, a piece from your old leather coat.

In this post, ‘’How To Make Shoes With Bad Shoe Making Supplies’’ you will find a full shoemaking tutorial on how to flatten the shoe bottom working with leather instead of cork.

The important message here is that you can make shoes despite all the lack of shoemaking materials and tools!

2. What you need to know in sandal making

pattern of shoe soles

In this tutorial ‘’Want To Learn This Sandal Making Technique?’’  I teach, in my opinion, one of the most important shoemaking techniques you need to know to make shoes with opened details, to make sandals.

So if you plan to make sandals or shoes with opened details, don’t miss this 2-d  tutorial from my list of 7 Best shoemaking tutorials of 2019! 

The fact is that you need to make one extra pattern of the insole that will contain the marks of the shoe upper. Without this such an important pattern, you can’t make your sandals or shoes correctly. 

So pin this tutorial and place it in your shoemaking arsenal for sure!

3.How to Skive Leather in Shoemaking?!

Yes, skiving is number one shoemaking skills you need to master. I know it is difficult, especially at the beginning, but it is possible! 

There are many different shoe making knives for this purpose, but I actually use this one.

Sharpening knife on the board as a part of Shoemaking craft training

Because It has a curved blade that is super comfortable in the process of skiving. 

Anyway, if you can’t find any knife, use a utility knife and use this approach of skiving that I teach in my 3rd shoemakig tutorial ’’How to Skive Leather in Shoemaking?!”. 

4.Shoe Designing 100% Working Approach [Make Any Shoes]

Shoe designing through pattern making

In this shoemaking tutorial, I show one of my pattern making techniques that I developed and use instantly in my work.

 It is a part of my Freehand pattern techniques from the Footwear design course  that I shared with you in this post “Shoe Designing 100% Working Approach [Make Any Shoes]”

In this tutorial, I show how you can use the pump last and make boot pattern in less than 5 minutes! 

Oh, yes, dear reader, it is pretty is: follow this tutorial and make your boot pattern in 5 minutes. 

It is only the tip of the iceberg, the whole idea of my Freehand pattern technique is to make any shoe design easy and fast but you already can start to make shoes using this pattern-making technique!

5. How to fold a shoe upper tutorial

folded shoe upper in shoemaking

Folding is your next skill after skiving that you need to acquire. 

There are a few important steps that you need to follow to make it like a pro and to have great shoe upper.

In this tutorial “How to fold a shoe upper” I teach it step by step!

So if you want to make beautiful shoes with thin and well done top lines don’t miss this shoemaking tutorial!

6.How to find a joint line tutorial.

How to find the join line in shoemaking

The joint line is one of the most important lines in shoe pattern making, in shoemaking. It passes in the balls and to find it correctly on the shoe last you need to know the exact approach. 

BTW You will need to know where this line is not only on the shoe last but on your feet as well in the process of feet measuring and the last customization.

But first, you need it in pattern making of any shoe type to make comfortable and beautiful shoes! 

So learn it properly in this tutorial “How to find joint line in shoemaking”.

Finally the 7-th tutorial from my 7 Best shoemaking tutorials of 2019:

7. How to sharpen your knife

Sharpening knife on the board as a part of Shoemaking craft training

In this tutorial, I teach how to sharpen the blade of utility knife BUT

You should use this approach in the sharpening your shoemaking knife as well!

In the net there are so many different tutorials on how to sharpen knives and all of them can work but you really need to follow all the steps and to have all these special stones!

Many beginners in shoemaking have this difficulty to sharpen a knife, and they are right because there so many approaches.

 So I chose for you the easiest one, that will work for 100% and you don’t need to have any special stone! You need to have only sanding paper and some wooden sticks. 

With all these being said, follow this tutorial “How to sharpen knife” , sharpen your knives and make your shoes in the upcoming 2020 Year!

That’s it. These were my 7 best shoemaking tutorials of 2019 that I collected for you!

Dear friend, I wish you and your family all the best in the New Year! 

Have an excellent Holiday!

Talk to you next year!


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  • December 26, 2019

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