Want To Learn This Sandal Making Technique?

Want To Learn This Sandal Making Technique?

pattern of shoe soles

In shoemaking, there are many different techniques you should know to make your own shoes. Each shoe type has its own particular shoemaking approaches and sandals are no exception to the rules.

If you want to make sandals (and I know you want!)  or any other footwear type that has opened parts, you can’t miss this post.

Today I want to share with you one of the most important techniques you should know in sandal making! 

Without knowing it you just can’t make sandals!  No matter if you want to make sandals without shoe lasts or with lasts you should know this shoemaking technique. 

So let’s dive in!

A most important technique in sandal making

After you finish to sew the upper of the sandals you will move on to last them on the shoe last and here where you will encounter most of the problems.

Where to place all these straps, parts of your sandals on the last? This is a question that will come up in your mind during lasting of the sandals.

Because it is not your closed  pump shoes, for example, where everything is clear and simple. Just put it on the shoe last and last it. 

Pump shoes also have its own important lasting techniques but it is not like sandals where you really don’t know where to put all these straps on the shoe last.

And here comes this sandal making approach: 

You should make a pattern that will contain marks that indicate the location of the straps, all parts of your opened shoes!

pattern of sole with marks
pattern of sole with marks

You have to make the insole pattern that will have all these marks.

 So when you will move on to last your sandals you simply will mark the location of all upper details on your actual insole using this additional insole pattern. 

This is how you will know where to put all straps on the last during the lasting process.

And this is how you will avoid one of the most common mistakes in sandal making where the front strap is in the wrong place and doesn’t hold a pinky toe. 

So if you will use this technique, in the end, you will have correct sandals where every strap is in the right place! 

Now, I made a shoe making tutorial where I teach you step by step how to make this insole pattern with marks.

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  • June 27, 2019

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