Check out this quick shoe-making video. It shows the entire process start to finish and was shot during one of my shoe-making classes.
Styles & Class Schedule
10th Century Scandinavian Turnshoe with Recycled Rubber Soles
The Scandinavian Turn Shoe is a 10th century style shoe with a thin leather sole similar to a moccassin. I often refer to this style as my “hiking slippers” due to their excellent ability to allow me to feel the ground beneath my feet and their great traction on rocks. They are my most comfortable shoes.
This shoe style is made inside out and then turned right-side-out so that the stitching ends up on the inside. The upper can be made in many styles such as the traditional flap and button, a more modern lace up style, or a no-flap slipper. The sole is a mixture of recycled rubber powder and rubber cement which is pasted on the shoe in whatever thickness you desire. This allows you to indefinitely add more rubber as the old rubber wears away. The upper is made of rugged Bison leather and if taken care of can last a lifetime.
The class is four 8 hour days with sewing home work on the 3rd day.
Only hand tools are used in the making of this style of shoe.
The internal stitch down is a more modern style of shoe that uses the same one piece upper and flap construction as in my Turn Shoe class but attaches to a commercial Vibram brand sole. This sole style gives you about a 3/4″ buffer between your foot and the ground which can be helpful in the winter months when the ground is colder. Sole styles can be chosen for traction on terrain, cushioning on cement, or even straight leather for use on the dance floor. The upper is made from rugged Bison leather and could last a lifetime if properly cared for. 4 leather colors to choose from.
The class is four 9 hour days with sewing home work on the 3rd day.
This class uses some power tools.
Internal Stitch Down Shoe Class Dates
December 10-13 (Thursday – Sunday) (4 full days)
Location: West Asheville, NC Cost: $400 which includes the materials fee