Making shoes

Shoes... I don't just want to buy them. I want to be able to make them... Follow my slow but steady process... :-)
I am working from an old booklet called "SHOE SHORTAGE" from around the time of the First World War, where everything was scarce and people had to use whatever resources they had at hand. You can download it from the button in the sidebar of this blog - it is in German, but I am working through it step by step, or rather: post by post, explaining everything...

And here are my posts about making shoes so far:


  1. Hello - I want to learn to make shoes & appreciate you sharing the Shoe Shortage pdf; however, the sound does not come through very well on several of the videos. I am watching via YouTube. So very happy you posted them.

  2. Hi and thank you very much for your feedback! I wonder if it might be a problem with your player? Nobody else seems to be having that problem... I will look into it, thanks again for telling me!

  3. Hello Katja: I am so happy to have found your blog. I love what you do and I'm especially interested in making shoes. The shoes you made in London are EXQUISITE! I hope you are very proud of yourself for doing such an excellent job. Thank you for posting the old booklet on making house-shoes. I have wanted to make some "house-boots" for a time – this is a great inspiration for me with lots of technical information which I need. I've been trying to figure out how to make sturdy soles and now you've done all those great tutorials which will help me.
    Where did you purchase the leather for your "London shoes"?
    I also love the re-purposed T-shirts. Your dresses are delightful.

    1. Hello Barbara!
      Well thank you so much for your comment! You are most welcome - I hope to have time soon for many more shoe-posts, but time is always so limited... ;-) I bought my leather at a leather store in Vienna, after quite some research online. I have no idea where you live, but if you are not in a big city, you can also find leather to order online, or on ebay. I also bought a big box of left-over leather on ebay which is also suitable for shoes - you actually don't need huge amounts for a pair of shoes, so scraps are fine!

  4. Hello
    I am soooooooooooooooo happy that I found your blog
    thank you so much for sharing :)
    thats just amazing :)

  5. By the posted dates, I appear to be a late follower. I am however, seeking to make my own shoes since all of the really cute and designer styles are never in my size (wide feet). I really want to give it a try!!

  6. I'm intrigued by the shoes, t-shirt dresses and your circle coat! Wonderful stuff!

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  9. Good Morning! I did not find the link to download the old booklet. You can send it in my email: Thank you! I love your blog.

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  11. Your journey into shoemaking is truly fascinating! 👞🌟 It's incredible how resourceful people were during times like the First World War, and your dedication to exploring these historical methods is both inspiring and informative. I appreciate the step-by-step approach you're taking, and the video tutorials make it even more accessible. Keep up the fantastic work, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your shoemaking adventures unfold! You should try these shoes like slave shoes

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